College Resources for Students with Disabilities Guidebook

Key elements of the guide include:


  • A comprehensive overview of the various cognitive, physical, or other types of disabilities students face while attending school
  • Reviews of several technologies and advocate groups available to students who face various disabilities, such as ADD, autism and more
  • Tips and resources to help students transition from college to career

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Community Services Locator Online Directory

The Community Services Locator is an online directory that helps families find national, state, and local services in their communities. Services in categories such as health, mental health, family support, parenting, and child care can be found through just a few clicks. The directory also includes a new A-Z Resources and Services Index, which offers another avenue for navigating the locator and the library’s Web site. The Directory can be found at

Glossary of terms (105k, PDF): A handy reference sheet to help you decode the maze of acronyms and jargon you encounter.

Questions to ask potential providers.

The Arc of the United States

The Arc is the world’s largest grassroots organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Federal Agencies

U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy

United States Senators representing Ohio

Honorable Sherrod Brown (D)

Honorable Rob Portman (R)

United States Representatives from Ohio
Visit the House of Representatives’ Web site at

State Agencies and Organizations

Honorable John R. Kasich

Ohio State Legislature

State Department of Education, Special Education
Office for Exceptional Children
Ohio Department of Education
(search for “exceptional children”)

Programs for infants and toddlers with disabilities,
ages birth through 2
Early Intervention Services
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Programs for children with disabilities,
ages 3 through 5
Office of Early Childhood
Ohio Department of Education
(search for “ELSR”)

State vocational rehabilitation agency
Rehabilitation Services Commission

Ohio Department of Mental Health

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

Disability Rights Ohio

Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps
Ohio Department of Health

Great Lakes ADA and Accessible IT Center
University of Illinois/Chicago
Institute on Disability and Human Development

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
University Affiliated Cincinnati
Center for Developmental Disorders

The Ohio State University
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Assistive Technology Ohio

Disability-Specific Organizations

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

National Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

Autism Society of America

American Foundation for the Blind-Midwest

Brain Injury Association of Ohio

Cerebral Palsy Association

Epilepsy Foundation

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Ohio

National Down Syndrome Congress

National Down Syndrome Society

Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSLHA)

Tourette Syndrome Association

Easter Seals Northeast Ohio

Ohio Family and Children First Initiative

VSA Arts of Ohio

Catholic Charities Health and Human Services

Organizations for Parents

Parent Training and Information Center (PTI)
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities

Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)
Ohio Congress of Parents and Teachers

The National Children’s Advocacy Center

The Upside of Downs of Greater Cleveland


Independent Living

To locate the contact information for the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) in your area, contact:

To locate the contact information for the Centers for Independent Living (CIL) in your area, contact:
National Council on Independent Living