Resources for Individuals with Disabilities

Whether you’re a consumer, family member, or professional, finding the right resources can be a challenge.

We present here a brief introduction to the resources that may be available to you in addition to Caregiver Homes.

 

What types of resources are available to people with disabilities in Ohio?  The first thought for many is medical services and products.  While doctors and nurses provide important aspects of care, other, community resources are usually necessary too.  For an individual with modest needs, these may include home-delivered meals or 1-2 hours a week of companionship, delivered by family, neighbors, a private charity, or a public program.  For others, help with bathing, dressing or other personal care is needed.  Resources for the home – like fuel assistance – are also important.  These community resources are the primary focus here.

 

Many community resources for people with disabilities are paid for by the state or federal governments.  While these websites are not always easy to navigate, they can be a good starting point.  If you don’t find them helpful, move on to the next section.

 

 

Government Resources in Ohio:

 

Ohio Office of the State Long-term Care Ombudsman

http://www.aging.ohio.gov/services/ombudsman/

Ohio’s Office of the State Long-term Care Ombudsman advocates for people receiving home care, assisted living and nursing home care.

 

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

http://odmrdd.state.oh.us/Pages/default.aspx

The Ohio department of Developmental Disabilities is responsible for overseeing supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

 

 

There are many organizations whose mission includes helping individuals find the right community resources.  These include agencies designated by government to provide information and make referrals to specific services, and advocacy organizations that work to improve life for individuals with disabilities and may have experience and knowledge of community resources.

 

 

Information and Referral Agencies in Ohio:

 

Ohio Association of County Boards

www.oacbdd.org

The OACB is responsible for information, education and legislative liaison to Ohio’s Boar of Development Disabilities.

 

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Independence

www.ocali.org

OCALI serves families, educators, and professionals providing information and services for those with autism and low independence.

 

The Ohio Olmsted Task force

http://www.ohioolmstead.org/

The Ohio Olmsted Task Force is a grassroots coalition of people with disabilities of all ages, family members, and advocates working for the right to live, work and participate in their communities.

 

 

Advocacy Organizations in Ohio:

 

The ARC of Ohio

http://www.thearcofohio.org

The ARC promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

People First Ohio

http://www.peoplefirstohio.org

People First Ohio helps people with disabilities who are self-advocates interested in working on local issues, educate and get involved with the local community.

 

Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights)

http://www.disabilityrightsohio.org

Disability Rights Ohio provides legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities.

 

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

http://ddc.ohio.gov/

The DDC improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life.

 

Ohio Partners in Justice

http://ohiopartnersinjustice.org

Ohio Partners in Justice assists with training and improving community resources for individuals with developmental disabilities when they become involved in the criminal justice system.

 

 

At the end of the day, you will want to find specific providers to meet your needs or those of a loved one, patient, or client.  Caregiver Homes is one such resource.  Statewide, there are too many providers to list here.  Many serve a small area (a single city or a county).  While many do excellent work, we encourage you to ask for references and let the provider know if you have questions or concerns about the service being provided.  While many community resources are paid for by government, you, your loved one, or your patient are the consumer and the services provided should support your independence and dignity.  

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