Links to Disability Resources

The Internet provides links to thousands of websites that have disability-related information and resources. However, finding the most reliable information and resources can be difficult. This page of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council website provides a list of links to selected resources. We provide this information as a public service to visitors of our website. However, please note that we do not endorse these websites and are not held liable for any mis-information provided on the website's we link to. 

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Links listed by topic:


Affordable Care Act

Assistive and Supportive Technology

  • AT&AEM Center powered by OCALI: The Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials Center (AT&AEM) is a centralized, responsive resource center that empowers individuals with disabilities by providing accessible educational materials, access to assistive technologies and highly specialized technical assistance and professional development support.
  • AbleData: An online database of unbiased, comprehensive information on products, solutions and resources, including assistive technology.
  • AppleVis: A website where you can find, share and recommend accessible iOS, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV Apps for people with vision loss.
  • Assistive Technology of Ohio: Assistive Technology of Ohio (AT Ohio) is a federally funded nonprofit organization that is part of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. AT Ohio is the officially designated Tech Act program for Ohio. They offer many services to Ohioans with disabilities, including adaptive toy and device lending libraries, refurbished computers, and more.
  • Best Buy: Assitive Technology devices available for purchase at Best Buy. Be sure to check with your Medicaid waiver case manager or SSA if you are eligible to have funding for purchasing these devices.
  • BridgingApps: Reviews of over 3,000 "apps" for people with disabilities.
  • Currency Identification Mobile Apps: Information about the EyeNote app which provides a way for people with vision loss to read bills of money.
  • Disability Cocoon: A supportive technology resource where people come to learn, connect, explore, collaborate, and more. 
  • May We Help: This Ohio-based organization has volunteers who design and create unique custom solutions for individuals with disabilities. 
  • My Technology Handbook (PDF version): An introduction to technology and how to use the Internet from Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).
  • My Technology Handbook (Word version)An introduction to technology and how to use the Internet from Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).
  • Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)PEAT works to help employers, IT companies, and others to understand why it pays to build and buy accessible technology, and how to do so.
  • Supportive Technology: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities provides information on remote supports which combines technology and direct care to support people with developmental disabilities.
  • Technology Resources for College Students with Disabilities: CollegeStats.org
  • Technology Resources for People with Vision Loss: The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) offers this comprehensive list of technology resources that can assist people with vision loss. The list includes AFB's apps, guides on user computers and other technology, and much more.
  • The Arc of Ohio - Assistive Technology Program: The Arc of Ohio is a certified provider of assistive technology through the Individual Options (IO) and Level 1 waivers. 
  • The Human Voicebank: A service where people can provide their recorded voices that will be used as a choice for people who use augmentative communication devices can choose a unique voice.
  • United States Access Board: The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology.
  • VoiceCorps: News and information in broadcast format for people who are blind or visually impaired or have other disabilities that prevent them from reading.

College Resources

Community Living

Direct Support Professionals (DSP)

  • DSPOhio: DSPOhio is a statewide DSP (Direct Support Professional) recruitment effort that combines targeted multi-media advertising to brand the term DSP with an on-line DSPOhio job-site that connects potential employees with developmental disability provider employers.
  • Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA): OPRA supports and provides advocacy for community-based service providers to ensure the availability of programs, services and funding adequate to support and assist individuals with developmental disabilities as they strive to achieve a life of increasing independence, productivity and integration.
  • ProviderGuidePlus: An online tool where people throughout Ohio can search for providers, review and rate providers, and help with the assurance of high quality services.

Early Intervention

Emergency Preparedness

Employment

  • Ohio AgrAbility: A program that promotes independence for people in agriculture who are disabled and want to farm.
  • Employment First: Employment First is a policy to ensure every individual of working age has an opportunity to seek employment. Agencies are directed to provide a person-centered planning process for every individual of working age to identify their desired employment goal and their place on the path to community employment.
  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN): JAN provides free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP): Federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.
  • Ohio Business and Leadership Network: Promotes the business imperative to include people with disabilities in the workforce using a business-to-business model.
  • Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD): State of Ohio agency that partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve employment and independence.
  • Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT): PEAT works to help employers, IT companies, and others to understand why it pays to build and buy accessible technology, and how to do so.
  • What Can YOU Do?: National campaign for employment for people with disabilities.

Family Support

  • Family Resource Network of Ohio: Offers help to families by providing resources, tools, and trainings.
  • Guiding People Through Systems (GPS) - Online Care Notebook: Online Care Notebook developed by several Ohio agencies and organizations.
  • Helpful Guides: A collection of guides on various disability-related topics by RedTreeHouse.org.
  • Ohio Family 2 Family: Provides training, information, and education to families navigating health-care systems.
  • Ohio SIBS: Resources and support for siblings of people with disabilities.
  • The Impact of the Opioid Crisis on Young Children: A free online training module from the Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University for early childhood educators/care providers, and families.
  • Supporting Families at DODD: Family support resources from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
  • The Arc of Ohio: Statewide membership association made up of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, friends, interested citizens and professionals in the disability field.
  • WonderMoms.org: Wonder Moms is a project by three moms to share real talk, helpful information, and practical advice with parents of kids who have intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, autism, language and speech delays, deafness, chronic illness, and traumatic brain injury.

Government Service Agencies

Guardianship

Laws and Policies

Medicaid & Healthcare

  • A Self-Advocate's Guide to Medicaid: Written by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN).
  • Fix The List: An initiative to fix Ohio's waiting list for Medicaid waiver services.
  • Health Policy Institute of Ohio: Works to influence the improvement of the health and well-being of all Ohioans.
  • Medicaid Tips for Families: Guide for Ohioans with disabilities by RedTreeHouse.org.
  • Ohio Medicaid Resources: Information provided by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio.
  • School-Based Health Care Support Toolkit: This toolkit was designed as a joint effort between the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Medicaid, Governor’s Office of Health Transformation, Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The  toolkit gives tactical advice and resources to educate schools and care providers about school-based health care.

Recreation and Travel

  • Adaptive Sports Connection: Coordinates and offers programs that empower children, adults, and veterans with disabilities through sports and wellness programs.
  • Adaptive Sports Ohio: Promotes the health and wellness of individuals with physical disabilities through competitive and recreational adaptive sport opportunities throughout Ohio.
  • Beyond Our Boundaries: Offers trips to fun community locations for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Disabled Sports, USA: Program work to improve the lives of wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities.
  • Planning for Summer Camp: A guide for Ohioans with disabilities from RedTreeHouse.org.
  • The Turn: Provides innovative programs for golfing, free of charge, to people with disabilities at the campus of the Wharton Center at North Olmsted Golf Club in Ohio.
  • Team Heart & Sole: Provides inclusive opportunities for individuals with disabilities, their families and friends, to participate in endurance racing events across Ohio, while building authentic relationships through teamwork.
  • Travelling Abroad with a Disability: Online guide for travelers with disabilities on how to plan for trips around the world.
  • 3 Trackers of Ohio: Promotes many types of adaptive recreational sports to persons with physical disabilities.

Special Education

  • Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities: Works with parents to help them obtain the assistance they need for their children receiving special education services.
  • Ohio Department of Education: Office of Special Education.
  • School-Based Health Care Support Toolkit: This toolkit was designed as a joint effort between the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Medicaid, Governor’s Office of Health Transformation, Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The  toolkit gives tactical advice and resources to educate schools and care providers about school-based health care.
  • Special Education 101: A guide written for Ohio students with disabilities from RedTreeHouse.org.
  • Wrightslaw: Special education law and advocacy resource.

STABLE Account

Transportation

Voting

  • Disability Rights Ohio: Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) provides assistance through its online publications and by contacting its Intake Department. On Election Day, DRO usually has a voter hotline available during the polling hours.
  • Election Protection: Election Protection is a national, nonpartisan coalition created to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. It is made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners that work together to provide assistance to the rights of voters with disabilities. Their website provides comprehensive voting information. They also offer a year-round hotline to answer questions.
  • Ohio Secretary of State: Voters with disabilities section of the Secretary of State's website.
  • The RespectAbility Report: The RespectAbility Report is a nonpartisan political commentary on the 2016 U.S. elections with a focus on disability issues. The RespectAbility Report does not endorse candidates. Instead, it provides information and breaking news about all candidates in regard to disability-related issues. You can subscribe to their blog posts, email, follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to their email list.
  • United States Department of Justice: The Justice Department’s Voting Section enforces the civil provisions of the federal laws that protect the right to vote, including the Voting Rights Act, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, the National Voter Registration Act, the Help America Vote Act and the Civil Rights Act. They offer several resources on their website, including The Americans with Disabilities Act and Other Federal Laws Protecting the Rights of Voters with Disabilities.

Resource Listings from Other Organizations