By this age your child has entered your local school system, which provides most services needed for your child. If eligible for our services, children are assigned a Path Coordinator from our Community Living Services Department (CLS) who will assist you in planning for your child, finding community resources, and working collaboratively with your child’s school for services and IEP. We can also help with finding child care, and suitable recreational activities, including summer camp.
At age 14, we begin exploring future options with you and your child, and start laying the groundwork for independent living and job interests.
Eligibility for services is determined using guidelines established by the State of Ohio. Click here for information about eligibility.
Paying for Services
Local school districts are required by law to provide free and appropriate public education to children with disabilities age 3 to 21. An appropriate education may be accompanied by related services such as speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy, psychological counseling, and medical diagnostic services necessary to the child’s education.
If a child requires therapies that are not provided through the school, some funding is available through Medicaid or the Family Needs Assistance program (FNA). FNA covers such services as respite care, adaptive equipment, home modifications, developmental toys, and some therapies. Contact your Path Coordinator for help in applying for this funding.
The links below are for informational purposes, are not all-inclusive, and do not indicate endorsement by Developmental Disabilities of Clark County.
Disability.gov – disability-related information and resources
Disabled Travelers – information on businesses from around the world that specialize in disability travel
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
OBI – robotic feeding device that allows people of all ages to eat independently and be active participants in social mealtimes
Ocali – very good resources for families who have a child with autism
Recreation Unlimited – year-round programs in sports, recreation and education for individuals with disabilities
Resource Guide for families with young children – provided by the Clark County Children and Family Collaborative
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
The Learning Cafe – an innovative program offering for-credit and personal interest courses as well as access to social services and convenient nutritious dinners for participants
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Autism information – information regarding screening/diagnosis, treatments, causes and risks