School Age

Ages 6-15

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 an SSA 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. More 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.

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