Links to 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.

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Affordable Care Act

Assistive and Supportive Technology

Links for Assistive and Supportive Technology are found on this page: Links to Assistive Technology Resources



Community Living / Inclusion / Self Determination

  • A Guide to Informed Consent for People with Disabilities: Information about a person's right to informed consent from Adult Advocacy Centers.
  • A Guide to Interacting with Police: Information for people with intellectual, cognitive or developmental disabilities as both victims and suspects/offenders with law enforcement and with the criminal justice system.  
  • Adult Advocacy Centers: These centers are one-point facilities equipped to provide holistic, accessible, trauma-informed services to adult crime victims with disabilities.
  • An on-line connecting people to benefits offered by the government for healthcare, medical assistance, housing, financial, and disaster relief.
  • Kulture City: A movement that works to encourage inclusion and awareness about people with Autism and other developmental disabilities.
  • Loop Ohio: An online community dedicated to facilitating statewide and local, cross system collaboration and learning, with a focus on promoting best practices in community development and inclusion for people with disabilities.
  • Ohio Self Determination Association: Organization that empowers people with disabilities and their families to direct their lives.
  • People First of Ohio: Assists people with disabilities who are self-advocates to talk about their needs and rights with people in their communities. 
  • Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center: List of resources with the intent to strengthen the self-advocacy movement by supporting self advocacy organizations to grow in diversity and leadership.
  • Sproutflix: Sproutflix hosts the largest and most diverse collection of films featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to reinforce accurate portrayals of individuals within this community, help breakdown stereotypes and promote a greater acceptance of differences and awareness of similarities.
  • The Art of Impact: A Handbook for Self-Determined Living: A report from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities.

Digital Accessibility

  • Digital Accessibility: The Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities created a series of videos to provide the public with education and training on making digital content more accessible.
  • How to Make Your Presentations Accessible to All: Information to help make presentations, talks, meetings, and training accessible to all audiences, including people with disabilities and others.
  • Web Accessibility: Information provided by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) which focuses on making recommendations to ensure websites are accessible.

Direct Support Professionals (DSP)

  • Did You Notice? Training Module: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and OCALI developed this training experience for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) combining the use of online learning and virtual reality. 
  • 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.
  • DSP Resources: Resource listing from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
  • 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.
  • Scholarships for Student Caregivers: List provided by

Early Intervention

  • BOLD Beginning!: Information about Ohio's early childhood programs and services for children, families, and communities.
  • Connecting for Kids: Provides education and support to families in Northeast Ohio who have concerns about their child.
  • DODD Early Childhood Forum: The DODD (Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities) Early Childhood Forum is a Facebook group where Ohio families of children from newborn to age 5 can talk about resources, programs, and ideas that their family uses to successfully support their children with a disability.
  • Early Intervention: Guide for Ohio families by
  • Early Learning: From the Ohio Department of Education.
  • Learn the Signs. Act Early.: The CDC provides tips and tools to track your child’s development and act early if you have a concern.
  • Ohio Early Childhood Services Eligibility: This is an early childhood services eligibility self-assessment tool designed to assist families with determining potential eligibility for all of Ohio’s early childhood services and to help them make an informed decision. 
  • Ohio Early Intervention: Information about Ohio's early intervention program.
  • 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.

Emergency Preparedness


  • Business Programs and Resources for Entrepreneurs or Graduates with a Disability: Article written by Riders University that includes links to resources.
  • Community Life Guide: A guide from Ohio's Employment First Initiative to help you find community employment, move forward on your path to employment, and help you stay safe.
  • Connecting Students with Work: Information from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities about assisting students with disabilities to explore employment, including how to apply for this assistance.
  • Disabled Person: Job search site for people with disabilities.
  • Disability:IN Ohio: Provides employers with information and resources to support their disability inclusion initiatives through a peer network of business practitioners.
  • Disclosing a Disability in the Workplace: Information and ideas from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) to help individuals make educated decisions about disclosure. 
  • 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.
  • Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage: A publication by Accenture that reveals that companies who embrace best practices for employing and supporting more persons with disabilities in their workforce have outperformed their peers.
  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN): JAN provides free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
  • Medicaid Buy-in Q&A: A publication from the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).
  • 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 AgrAbility: A program that promotes independence for people in agriculture who are disabled and want to farm.
  • 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.
  • Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities: Report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
  • Telework Accessibility and the Law: From the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT).
  • The Red Book - A Guide to Work Incentives: A general reference source about the employment-related provisions of the Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.
  • Transition Students: Information from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities about services and supports for Ohio students with disabilities who are transitioning to work.
  • What Can YOU Do?: National campaign for employment for people with disabilities.

Family Support

  • Connecting for Kids: Provides education and support to families in Northeast Ohio who have concerns about their child.
  • DODD Family Forum: The DODD (Ohio Department of Develomental Disabilities) Family Forum is a Facebook group where Ohio families can talk about resources, programs, and ideas that their family uses to successfully support someone with a disability.
  • Family ECHO: This program from Nationwide Children's Hospital uses ZOOM technology to connect families and caregivers with a team of experts to learn about and discuss topics such as improving and managing behaviors, self-care, anxiety, family supports and resources. Parents and caregivers of children with developmental disabilities, including autism, are encouraged to participate.
  • Family Resource Network of Ohio: Offers help to families by providing resources, tools, and trainings.
  • Family Talk: A video series from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
  • Financial Support for Children with Special Needs and Medical Challenges: Article from Red Treehouse.
  • Finding Funds: The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities provides information about grants and other funding options for families. 
  • 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
  • Nuts and Bolts of Telemedicine: Essentials for a Family-Centered Experience: Online training and resources from Family Voices.
  • Ohio Down Syndrome Associations: Ohio's six associations dedicated to Down syndrome advocacy, acceptance, and inclusion.
  • Ohio Family 2 Family: Provides training, information, and education to families navigating health-care systems.
  • Ohio Family Network: Connects people with disabilities and their families to local information and resources within their communities.
  • Ohio SIBS: Resources and support for siblings of people with disabilities.
  • Ohio's Statewide Family Engagement Center: The Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University is a leader in the field of family, school, and community engagement. Its goal is to bring research to action by providing schools and families with the tools they need to work together so all children have success in learning and life. 
  • OhioKAN: Kinship and adoption navigator from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
  • Strong Families, Safe Communities: From the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
  • Supporting Families at DODD: Family support resources from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
  • Super Safe Kids: Books and tools aligned with evidence-based practices and national safety initiatives. The materials focus on family participation and self-advocacy as tools to improve safety for children, especially those with disabilities or complex medical needs.
  • Supporting the Whole Child: Ohio’s strategic plan for education calls for a whole child approach to education that goes beyond academics to ensure students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. The Ohio Department of Education provides information about this initiative.
  • 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. 
  • The Association for Successful Parenting: Provides support through resources for families when parents have learning difficulties.
  • 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.

Government Service Agencies


Housing and Home Modifications

Laws and Policies

Medicaid, Healthcare and Other Services

Mental Health & Addiction

Money Management

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.
  • accessibleGO: Travel site that assists with locations and amenities that are helpful for people with disabilities.
  • Art & Sould Ohio: Annual celebration of artists with develomental disabilities in Ohio.
  • Art Possible Ohio: Statewide service organization on the arts and disability that works with artists of all ages who have disabilities to make arts and cultural experiences more accessible and inclusive.
  • 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
  • Planning Trips for Children with Autism: Information provided by Simmons University.
  • SPIRIT Club: Online fitness programs for all.
  • 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.
  • 3 Trackers of Ohio: Promotes many types of adaptive recreational sports to persons with physical disabilities.

Special Education

  • Advocacy Curriculum: The Arc@School’s Advocacy Curriculum provides the basic information needed to navigate the special education system, including early intervention services, individualized education programs (IEPs), Section 504, and more.
  • Improving Accessibility for Remote Learning Environments: OCALI provides tips on how to create an accessible remote learning environment for remote learning.
  • Learning Aid Ohio: Provides in-person, supplemental learning support for Ohio students with IEPs during the pandemic school year.
  • 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's Special Education Profiles: Ratings provided by the Ohio Department of Education on special education services for all districts and community schools.
  • Reading Tips for Families: Information from the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children and the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities to help families help their children increase their reading skills.
  • Remote Learning for Students with Disabilities Who Have Complex Needs: From the Ohio Department of Education.
  • Reset and Restart: Information from the Ohio Department of Education focused on students with disabilities and education planning due to pandemic-related school closure.
  • Resource Guide for Parents of Students with Disabilities: Information regarding different laws in relation to accommodations and supports for students with disabilities.
  • 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
  • Student Inventory for Technology Supports (SIFTS): The SIFTS is a tool developed by OCALI to assist school teams in matching a student’s needs with assistive technology (AT) features.
  • Telehealth Guidelines for Service Providers: Commonly asked questions regarding the provision of telehealth services from the Ohio Department of Education. It is intended to help school and district leaders and providers as they consider these options at the local level.
  • The LD Checklist: Recognize and Respond: A checklist developed by the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
  • Wrightslaw: Special education law and advocacy resource.




  • Achieving Accessibility for Election Websites and Sample Ballots: A Toolkit for Disability Advocates: Prepared by the National Council on Independent Living with Support from the Aid Association of the Blind.
  • ACLU Vote Center: Offers several informational cards, as well as literature printed in braille, that on voting issues and procedures.
  • 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.
  • One Vote Now: This website collects, gathers, and shares information that makes voting more accessible to everyone.
  • Presidential Election Process in the United States: Plain language information about the election process from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.
  • 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