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
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

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)
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
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 
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
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.
You may search for child care and there is a “special needs” category.

State Support Team
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
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
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
Ohio’s rules for Adult Guardianship. Information about Guardianship and other alternatives to Guardianship.

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
Guardianship and Alternatives Booklet
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

•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.

Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living
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
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)
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

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
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
(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         740-653-TAXI (8294)
Provides curb to curb transit in Fairfield County

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

Greyhound 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
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. 
Provides door to door transit for medical appointments to Medicaid recipients. Non-medical transportation is at private pay rates.

Rideshare Company-Gohio Commute   
Gohio Commute helps commuters all across the state explore their commute options

Samaritan Center
Provides door to door transit for medical appointments to Medicaid recipients.

Provides door to door transit

Vehicle Adaptations and Services

Ohio State University Hospital - Occupational Therapy Driver Rehabilitation Program
Offers driver training, driving evaluation or vehicle modification assessment.   Paid by insurance or private pay.

Disabled Dealer Magazine
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

Fitzpatrick Enterprises, Inc.

Key Mobility

M.C. Mobility Systems, Inc.

Mobility Works

Other Resources

Fairfield County 2-1-1/Fairfield County Information and Referral
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

Central Ohio Listing of Summer Camps

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

College Information
Maryville University Guide

Medical Related Resources

Aladdin Shriners Hospital Association for Children (A.S.H.A.C.)
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

Ohio Department of Medicaid
Medicaid Provider Search tool at
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 CareSource 1-800-488-0134
Molina Healthcare 1-800-642-4168 Paramount Advantage 1-800-462-3589  
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan 1-800-895-2017

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
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
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
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
Help identify children with, or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities, serving expectant parents, children birth-age 3 Church Bed Brigade
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 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
Contact Coordinator, Linda Hottle, 614-837-3732, ext. 150,

Fairfield Center for disAbilities & Cerebral Palsy, Inc.
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
(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
Nonprofit organization that provides services to individuals age birth-26 to ensure appropriate education to children with disabilities.

Disability Rights Ohio
Provides legal advocacy and rights protection for a wide range of issues.

Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO)
Nonprofit that provides support and assistance to individuals with Down Syndrome and their families.

Autism Society of Central Ohio (ASCO)
A nonprofit group of parents and professionals advocating for people with Autism.

Autism Speaks
216-524-2842 (Cleveland field office) Family Services:
(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


Capital Therapy Services    
69 West Waterloo St., Canal Winchester, OH, 43110

Columbus Speech and Hearing Center
510 E. North Broadway, Columbus, OH, 43214       

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

Columbus Therapy Associates LLC          
1335 Dublin Rd, Suite 200B, Columbus, OH, 43215            

The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy         
4624 Sawmill Rd, Columbus OH 43220                   

Flourish Integrated Therapy LLC
30 Northwoods Blvd., Columbus OH 43235            

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

Fairfield Medical Center
401 N. Ewing Street, Lancaster, OH, 43130             

SpeechPath Ohio
1120 N. Memorial Dr., Lancaster, Ohio 43130         

The OSU Nisonger Center
1581 Dodd Dr. Columbus, OH, 43210