Ages 18+

Being as independent as possible, while ensuring you have appropriate care and support, is vital to living a happy life. Our SSAs will work with you to identify your needs, set goals and help you obtain services in our community.

Habilitation services, also called adult day services, include social, leisure and recreational activities that enhance an individual’s quality of life, and are provided in a variety of settings. These activities may include: personal care, skill reinforcement, training in self-determination, wellness training, volunteering, and community inclusion. These services are offered by a number of quality providers in Clark County. All providers of center-based services are certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and their services are influenced by the goals and supports outlined in each person’s Individual Service Plan. If you are interested, your SSA can assist you in finding a day service that’s right for you.

Vocational services are designed to teach and reinforce habilitation concepts related to work including responsibility, attendance, task completion, problem solving, social interaction, motor skill development, and safety. When you are ready to work, we offer opportunities to help you find a job.

We also assist with finding transportation to help people access habilitation and vocational resources. Developmental Disabilities offers a transportation service, as do some habilitation and vocational service providers. In addition, we have agreements with SCAT (Springfield City Area Transit), Clark County Jobs and Family Services’ WorkPlus program, Salvation Army’s Hand in Hand program, and other local transportation providers. Contact your SSA for assistance in arranging habilitation or vocational transportation.


Eligibility for services is determined using guidelines established by the State of Ohio. Click here for information about eligibility.

Paying for Services

If you or a family member is able to afford the care and services you need, you can pay for them yourself.

Many services for adults are funded through Medicaid waivers. Waivers provide funding to people who would otherwise be in a nursing home in order for them to be able to live successfully in the community. There are many factors that determine eligibility for waivers, such as the type and extent of disability, the prognosis, and financial assets. Each waiver provides different types of services. Click here for more information about waivers. Currently, no waivers are available.

In Clark County, 60% of funding for waivers is provided by the Federal government, and 40% is provided by the generosity of our community through the Developmental Disabilities of Clark County tax levy.

If you are still living with family and do not have a waiver, you may be eligible for some funding through the Family Needs Assistance program (FNA). FNA covers such services as respite care, adaptive equipment, home modifications, and some therapies. Contact your Path Coordinator for help in applying for this funding.

Waiting List

When there is not enough funding available to meet the needs of those needing services, a person has the option of being placed on a waiting list. However, our SSAs will try to find other ways to meet your needs.


The links below are for informational purposes, are not all-inclusive, and do not indicate endorsement by Developmental Disabilities of Clark County.

Kids : Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs
529 Plans
10 Tips for Selecting Toys for Your Speech Delayed Child
American Academy of Audiology – Resources for Kids & Teens-Learning Disabilities Association of America
Beneficial Activities for Kids with Special Needs
Bridges to Transition OACB Login in
Clark County Family & Children First
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program – Medicaid’s child health component, available to any child in Ohio with a Medicaid Card, including children on Ohio’s Home Care, Transitions, IO and Level 1 Waivers
Flying with Children who have Autism
Homeschooling and Children with Special Needs
Learning Disabilities Association of America Ohio Medicaid’s main page
Medicaid Buy-In program American Academy of Audiology: for kids and young adults
Ocali – very good resources for families who have a child with autism
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
Ohio Early Intervention
Ohio Family and Children First
Resource Guide for families with young children – provided by the Clark County Children and Family Collaborative
Routines and Children with Disabilities
Strive 10 tips for selecting toys for speech delayed child
Teaching Students with Special Needs
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Autism information – information regarding screening/diagnosis, treatments, causes and risks
Providers of DD Services (NOT a complete list)
Consumer Support Services
Champaign Residential Services
Choices in Community Living
Downsize Farms
Goodwill Easter Seals
Hard Acre Farm
Independent Living of Ohio
Provider Search
Quest Adult Services
Recreation Unlimited – year-round programs in sports, recreation and education for individuals with disabilities
The Ability Builders 
Toward Independence
United Rehabilitation Services of Dayton (URS)
General Resources
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities-Ovation hearing: Rights for those with hearing loss
Catholic Charities & Second Harvest Foodbank
Cerebral Palsy Guide
Disabled Travelers – information on businesses from around the world that specialize in disability travel
Hearing Loss Association of America
Home Accessibility
Home Accessibility Costs
Hearing Loss Association of America
OBI – robotic feeding device that allows people of all ages to eat independently and be active participants in social mealtimes
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
Online Directory of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Sibling Support Project – A national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns
Special Olympics – Clark County, Ohio
STABLE Accounts
Streaming Television Solutions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The ARC of Ohio
Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources
United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Community Resources
Housing Connections
Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association
Miami Valley Special Education Regional Resource Center
Disability Rights Ohio – disability-related information and resources
Golden Buckeye Card
A Guide for Homebuyers who have Disabilities
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
Project SEARCH
United Senior Services