Community Resources for Families

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 Disclaimer:  This list is not an endorsement for any of the following companies/vendors. We recommend that you research your prospective company/provider. 

 Respite Services

Geneva Hills
https://www.genevahills.com
Kids Night/Parents' Night Off is a respite for three hours the first Thursday of every month for just $10/child and $5 for each additional child. Geneva Hills provides the staff and site in partnership with Fairfield DD. The links to registration forms are on the website. Geneva Hills also operates All Abilities Day Camps during the summer months.

Ohio Medicaid Respite Care Benefit https://lifespanrespite.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/State%20Tools/Ohio/Respite%20Benefit%20Communication%20-%20Provider%20FINAL.docx

Beginning January 2014, Ohio’s Medicaid program began offering a Respite Care benefit to assist families in caring for Medicaid eligible children under the age of 21 who have been determined eligible for Social Security Income for children with disabilities. Adults disabled since childhood who are under age 21 and receive Supplemental Security Disability Income are also eligible for respite if they also receive Medicaid.

Respite is available through Ohio’s five Medicaid Managed Care Plans. Families interested in obtaining respite services must work with their health care provider to receive this benefit.  If you already have a care manager from your health plan, please reach out to them to help you.

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)
http://www.ocali.org/center/family
The Family Center at Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) connects families to the information they need regarding services, supports, training and resources, including the free OCALI Lending Library.

Ohio Child Care Finder
http://www.occrra.org/
Click on ‘Search for Childcare.' This includes a connection to Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRRA).  This includes resources as well as a Child Care Finder that can be searched using your zip code.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
http://jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/page2.stm 
This includes information about resources for child care and access to publicly funded child care in Ohio through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.  This allows you to search under “Family Resources” to find programs or child care that could meet your needs.

Ohio Department of Education & Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
http://childcaresearch.ohio.gov/
Search for Early Care and Education Programs
This system will help you locate the type of early care and education program that meets your needs. You also can learn more about programs' licensing status, Step Up To Quality rating, and inspection results.

Care.com
https://www.care.com/
You may search for child care and there is a “special needs” category.

State Support Team
http://www.sst8.org/News/Details.aspx?NewsID=1243
This includes information regarding summer camps for students with and without a disability.  This also includes helpful resources about things to consider when choosing a camp.

Red Tree House
www.redtreehouse.org
Red Tree House is Ohio’s online resource that assists connecting families with children prenatal to 25 to available resources. This also includes a place where you can search Respite resources by your county. 

Fairfield County Family, Adult and Children First Council http://www.facfc.org
Cindi West at 740-652-7283
Birth-18 years old (Children who are eligible for DD services will be served through age 21). They assist families with children who have multiple needs and are supported by more than one agency. You can also access services by requesting a referral from your Individual Support Coordinator.

Resources for Future Planning

 Disability Rights Ohio
http://www.disabilityrightsohio.org/topic-guardianship
Ohio’s rules for Adult Guardianship. Information about Guardianship and other alternatives to Guardianship.

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
http://ddc.ohio.gov/Portals/0/guardianship2017.pdf
Guardianship and Alternatives Booklet

http://ddc.ohio.gov/Portals/0/RecordGuide.pdf
Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council “Record Keeping and Personal Care Guide.” A comprehensive collection of forms including: medical information, personal contact information, emergency information, insurance information, care giver’s information, and organizational tools that assist families to record this information.

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency
http://www.ood.ohio.gov/

•Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR)
•Bureau for the Services for Visual Impairments (BSVI)
•Division of Disability Determination (DDD)

Provides counseling and guidance to individuals with disabilities who are seeking employment to jointly choose an employment goal based on strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, capabilities and interests.

SOCIL
Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living
http://www.socil.org
Assisting Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families
Future planning is essential for people with disabilities.  The Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living can help people with disabilities develop their plans for the future and help them gain the skills and link them to resources to turn those plans into reality
Fairfield County (740) 689-1494   Hocking County (740) 380-1475

University of Arizona’s “Future Care Planning: A Roadmap for Family Caregivers” manual
ttp://sonoranucedd.fcm.arizona.edu/sites/sonoranucedd.fcm.arizona.edu/files/CAREGIVING_Roadmap_021010.pdf
A resource to begin the conversations around family planning and includes a place to record the information.


Portfolio (created by Fairfield County Board of DD)
Click HERE for a complimentary copy


“All about me NOW
· Documents how you do things now, for anyone who may take over in a family crisis or transition
· Records things that are important to and important for the individual
· Provides a smoother transition for your family member 

“All about my FUTURE
· Explains your wishes for your family member’s future living arrangements and other matters
· Addresses these hard questions now, before a family crisis or transition


The Arc- Center for Future Planning
https://futureplanning.thearc.org/landing

Build Your Plan® is a tool that enables families to create accounts and begin to build their future plans.

 Transportation Resources

Canal Winchester Human Services
614-834-3888

www.cwhumanservices.org
Canal Winchester area only

Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living (SOCIL)
SOCIL can provide training on how to utilize transit.
Contact Scott Campbell at 740-689-1494 ext. 15

Lancaster-Fairfield Public Transit
www.ci.lancaster.oh.us/242/transit
(740-681-5086) to schedule rides and apply for Mobility Passport (740-687-6858) for questions and answers
Provides curb to curb transit in Fairfield County and fixed routes for all. Mobility Passport provides discounted rates to persons with disabilities and senior citizens

Fun Bus
www.funbus.com         740-653-TAXI (8294)
Provides curb to curb transit in Fairfield County

Go Bus
www.ridegobus.com      1-888-954-6287
Provides services between Athens and Columbus with stops in Athens, Nelsonville, Logan, Lancaster and Columbus (including the Columbus Airport)

Greyhound
http://locations.greyhound.com/bus-stations/us/ohio/columbus/bus-station-250338 or General assistance: 1-800-752-4841
Columbus Bus Station
111 E Town St
Columbus, OH 43215

Greyhound is committed to serving people with disabilities. Individuals should contact Greyhound with questions, concerns, or complaints regarding travel on Greyhound for customers with disabilities.

Fairfield County Job and Family Services
740-652-7889
Provides transportation for medical appointments to Medicaid recipients. There are also other resources such as gas vouchers and vehicle repair assistance.

Fairfield Center for DisAbilities & Cerebral Palsy, Inc. 
740-653-1186
Provides door to door transit for medical appointments to Medicaid recipients. Non-medical transportation is at private pay rates.

Rideshare Company-Gohio Commute
https://gohiocommute.com/#/   
Gohio Commute helps commuters all across the state explore their commute options

Samaritan Center
740-687-1921
Provides door to door transit for medical appointments to Medicaid recipients.

UBER
www.uber.com
Provides door to door transit

Vehicle Adaptations and Services

Ohio State University Hospital - Occupational Therapy Driver Rehabilitation Program
https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/physical-therapy-rehabilitation/rehabilitation-driving-program
614-293-3833
Offers driver training, driving evaluation or vehicle modification assessment.   Paid by insurance or private pay.

Disabled Dealer Magazine
www.disableddealer.com
Connects buyers and sellers- if you see an item you are interested in you will need to contact the phone number listed in the ad.

Columbus Mobility Specialists
http://www.columbusmobility.com/
614-825-8996

Fitzpatrick Enterprises, Inc.
www.fitzmobile.com
1-800-545-1102

Key Mobility
www.keymobility.com
937-374-3226

M.C. Mobility Systems, Inc.
https://www.mcmobilitysystems.com/
1-800-503-0052

Mobility Works
www.mobilityworks.com
330-489-6666

Other Resources

Fairfield County 2-1-1/Fairfield County Information and Referral
http://fairfieldcounty211.org
P: 740-687-0500
Dial 211 (if you are in the 740 area code only)
Crisis 740-687-8255 (TALK)
Community resources which is available to anyone in Fairfield County, i.e. food assistance, housing, crisis intervention, and other medical and mental health resources.

2-1-1 Housing Resource
https://www.fairfieldcounty211.org/Project-HouseCall.html

Fairfield County Society for Children and Adults with Disabilities Melody Liston at 740-277-4984 or Julie Bruckelmeyer at 740-652-7220.
The Society is dedicated to helping children and adults with special needs with assistance for the purchase of durable medical equipment and supplies.  Services by the Society are provided by referral and based on financial need.

Telelog provided by Family, Adult Child First Council
https://www.facfc.org/pdf/Telelog.pdf

College Information
Maryville University Guide
https://online.maryville.edu/disabilities-guide/

Medical Related Resources

Aladdin Shriners Hospital Association for Children (A.S.H.A.C.)
http://www.aladdinshrine.org/ashac-31/ASHAC-Purpose-9177
614-475-2609
Provides funding for care and treatment of children in Aladdin’s jurisdiction with burn injuries, orthopedic problems, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and pallet deficiencies in addition to providing wheelchairs, prosthetics and patient care support.

Fairfield Department of Health
http://www.myfdh.org/

Ohio Department of Medicaid
http://medicaid.ohio.gov/
Medicaid Provider Search tool at www.ohiomh.com
Call each plan’s member services number or visit their web site to find more information about what each plan offers.

Buckeye Health Plan 1-866-246-4358 www.buckeyehealthplan.com CareSource 1-800-488-0134 www.caresource.com
Molina Healthcare 1-800-642-4168 www.molinahealthcare.com Paramount Advantage 1-800-462-3589 www.paramountadvantage.org  
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan 1-800-895-2017 www.uhccommunityplan.com

By the Way Free Medical Clinic
1029 South Broad Street, Lancaster
Lower Level of Maywood Mission side entrance
First and Third Tuesday of every month from 6-8 pm (walk-in only) Health care professional providing care for our neighbors in need

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation
https://www.uhccf.org/
Children 16 years or younger with private health insurance, meet adjusted gross income, and not covered or not fully covered of the necessary treatment, services, or equipment. Grant covers qualifying families up to $5,000 per child per year with a $10,000 lifetime max.

The funds help pay for medical treatment, therapies, services or equipment.  

Joni and Friends
Ohio Area Ministry
http://www.joniandfriends.org/ohio/
614-861-8920
Provide family retreats nationally and internationally
Equipping churches for disability ministries, education and training

Christian Fund for the Disabled (CFD)
The CFD is a matching grant program of Joni and Friends meeting practical needs of people affected by disability. Funds are available for the following needs: training, adaptive needs, equipment, rehabilitation, special treatments

Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency
www.faircaa.org
740-653-4146
We are committed to focusing available resources that will enable low-income families and individuals to obtain the skill, knowledge, motivation and the opportunities they need to become self-sufficient.

Social Services, Adult Learning Center, Energy Outreach, Head Start & Early Childhood

Help Me Grow
www.helpmegrow.ohio.gov
740-681-4881
Help identify children with, or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities, serving expectant parents, children birth-age 3

Crossroads.tv Church Bed Brigade
https://vimeo.com/246123347
Bed Brigade builds and delivers beds to kids who don’t have one. Often these kids are at risk for being removed from their homes because their parents can’t provide beds. Bed Brigade started in Circleville, Ohio. For the past six years they have served Pickaway County and they have yet to catch up to the incredibly high demand. Last year the Bed Brigade in Circleville, Ohio made and delivered 1000 beds to children that did not have any.

CareStar
https://carestar.com/
CareStar has almost 30 years of experience in providing case management services to the chronically and developmentally disabled. We help individuals maintain comfort, health, and welfare while remaining independent in their home and community.

Medical Equipment/Eye Glasses

Peace United Methodist Church
Helping Hands Medical Equipment Ministry
http://www.peaceumc.org/serving-others/in-the-community/helping-hands-medical-equipment-ministry/
Contact Coordinator, Linda Hottle, 614-837-3732, ext. 150, lindahottle@sbcglobal.net

Fairfield Center for disAbilities & Cerebral Palsy, Inc.
740-653-5501

https://fcdcpohio.org/programs.php
Home Modifications
Our wheelchair ramp and home modification program provides Lancaster and Fairfield County residents with mobility disabilities an opportunity to regain the full use of their homes and property. The construction is performed by a large group of church volunteers called the SMART Team. The Center pays for the materials, utilizing funds from the CDBG Grant and River Valley Rods and Customs-Fund Raiser Rods for Ramps.

Medical Loan Closet
The Medical Loan Closet is available to all residents of Fairfield County, at no charge, who are in need. The Loan Closet has items such as Walkers, Wheelchairs, Canes & Crutches, Bedside Commodes, Shower Chairs and Benches. The only requirement to receive any of these items is that you agree and sign a Medical Equipment Release Form.

Maple Street United Methodist Church
Free Store
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maple-Street-UM-Church-Free-Store/114491668657191
(740) 687-6384

Lions Club
Contact Todd Edwards 740-653-4004
Assist with eye glasses

Disability Support

 Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) 740-382-5452
https://www.ocecd.org/
Nonprofit organization that provides services to individuals age birth-26 to ensure appropriate education to children with disabilities.

Disability Rights Ohio
614-466-7264 http://www.disabilityrightsohio.org/
Provides legal advocacy and rights protection for a wide range of issues.

Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO)
614-263-6020 http://dsaco.net/
Nonprofit that provides support and assistance to individuals with Down Syndrome and their families.

Autism Society of Central Ohio (ASCO)
614-284-6323 http://autismcentralohio.org/ autismsocietycentralohio@gmail.com
A nonprofit group of parents and professionals advocating for people with Autism.

Autism Speaks
216-524-2842 (Cleveland field office) https://www.autismspeaks.org/ Family Services: familyservices@autismspeaks.org
(888) AUTISM2 (288-4762)
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum and throughout the life span for the needs of people with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/

Therapy

Capital Therapy Services    
69 West Waterloo St., Canal Winchester, OH, 43110
614-833-2608

Columbus Speech and Hearing Center
510 E. North Broadway, Columbus, OH, 43214       
614-263-5151

Nationwide Children’s Hospital: Speech and Language Pathology  
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, OH, 43205           
614-722-2200

Columbus Therapy Associates LLC          
1335 Dublin Rd, Suite 200B, Columbus, OH, 43215            
614-595-9037

The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy         
4624 Sawmill Rd, Columbus OH 43220                   
614-459-4490

Flourish Integrated Therapy LLC
30 Northwoods Blvd., Columbus OH 43235            
614-545-8300

Faith, Hope, & Love Autism Services
701 Hill Road N. Suite A, Pickerington, OH 43147
614-834-0345

Fairfield Medical Center
401 N. Ewing Street, Lancaster, OH, 43130             
740-687-8602

SpeechPath Ohio
1120 N. Memorial Dr., Lancaster, Ohio 43130         
740-277-7882

The OSU Nisonger Center
1581 Dodd Dr. Columbus, OH, 43210                      
614-685-6701