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.

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. 

Links listed by topic:

Advocacy / 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. 
  • A Reference Guide to DD Self-Advocacy Groups in Ohio: This list was created by the Adult Advocacy Centers and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, with support from Ohio’s independent living centers. It is meant to provide contact information for self-advocacy groups that serve people with DD throughout the state. 
  • Adult Advocacy Centers: These centers are one-point facilities equipped to provide holistic, accessible, trauma-informed services to adult crime victims with disabilities.
  • An Advocacy Guidebook for People with Developmental Disabilities: Provides information and resources to people with developmental disabilities, professionals and family members to help with advocacy in a variety of settings using different methods and strategies. Written by the Adult Advocacy Centers.
  • Community Life Guide: Learn how to be your best and how to stay safe while you work, live, and explore your community.
  • Kulture City: A movement that works to encourage inclusion and awareness about people with Autism and other developmental 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.

Assistive and Supportive Technology

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


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.
  • Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals: Non-profit committed to developing a stable and highly skilled direct support workforce and to enhancing current and future direct support professionals. 
  • Ohio DSP Workforce Crisis Task Force: 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.

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.
  • Project TREES Shareable Resources: Collection of resources supported by a grant from Ohio DD Council.
  • 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


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
  • Helping Children with Special Needs Transition to Kindergarten: Article provides an overview and tips for families who have a child with a disability transitioning from pre-school to kindergarten.
  • 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 Parent to Parent: Ohio P2P is a statewide matching program that matches parents, family members, or caregivers of a person with a disability or special healthcare need.
  • 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.
  • Understanding Major Unusual Incidents (MUIs): From the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council.

Government Service Agencies


Housing and Home Modifications

Human Trafficking

Laws and Policies

Medicaid, Healthcare and Other Services

Mental Health & Addiction

Money Management & Financial Planning

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.

Social Security

Special Education

Transition Services for Students

  • Ohio College2Careers: Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) offers Ohio College2Careers at 15 public colleges and universities in Ohio to ensure students with disabilities have the support they need to complete their degree and/or credential, earn higher wages, and meet the demands of tomorrow’s labor market.
  • OOD's Services for Students 14+: Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) offers a range of services to help students with disabilities 14+ prepare for post-secondary education and employment. 
  • Transition IEP Checklist: Collection of information and resources.




  • 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.
  • SABE GoVoter Project: Voter information and resources for people with disabilities from the Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) advocacy organization.
  • 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