We hope you find this list of Community Resources helpful to you and your family. There is also a list of sensory-friendly activities in our area at the bottom of this page. Click the name of the resource to be taken to their website for more information.
The Access Center for Independent Living works with individuals with significant disabilities in their goals of independence in the community. They currently provide the independent living services of Information & Referral, Peer Support, Independent Living Skills Training, Advocacy, and Individual Transitioning.
The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) of Montgomery County is responsible for the planning, funding and monitoring of public mental health and alcohol and other drug addiction services. Their mission is helping to promote wellness and recovery that reinforces and sustains healthy individuals, families, and communities that are free from stigma related to mental illness and addictions.
Adaptive Clothing Showroom provides clothing and accessories for men, women and children in need of regular or adaptive clothing to help ease the task of independent or aided dressing. Adaptive clothing is designed for those who are post-op, bedridden, wheelchair bound, or with limited mobility or dexterity.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s disease care, support and research. They provide services to those affected by Alzheimer’s, advocate for policy change and scientific funding, and advance research toward prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure.
The Area Agency on Aging focuses on matching seniors and their caregivers with the proper services to make their lives easier. But they also provide expert guidance for adults of any age struggling with limitations.
DAS exists to advocate for, support, and educate families living with autism. The Dayton Autism Society serves families from the greater Miami Valley and an estimated 8,000 families living with autism.
Bridge Riding for the Disabled is a program that serves many individuals with a variety of diagnosis ranging from those with cerebral palsy, autism,developmental disabilities, strokes and multiple sclerosis. The horses and volunteers work through issues with balance, tight muscles, communication skills and improving overall independence.
Champaign County Board of Developmental Disabilities
The Champaign County Board of Developmental Disabilities provides, coordinates, and monitors services and supports for eligible individuals and their families that promotes a pathway to individual success.
The Children with Medical Handicaps Program (BCMH) is a health care program in the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). BCMH links families of children with special health care needs to a network of quality providers and helps families obtain payment for the services their children need.
Developmental Disabilities of Clark County assists people who have developmental disabilities to live, work and participate in our community. They serve three functions: administrator, funder, and authorizer of services.
Community Services for the Deaf, through FSA Dayton, provides services to the deaf or hearing impaired and their families. Their services include counseling, interpreting services, case management, support groups, advocacy, deaf kids club, summer deaf kids camp, in-service training, peer parent program, family counseling, and regional infant hearing program.
The Dayton Autism Networking Team offers an opportunity to meet other families and discuss topics geared toward meeting the unique needs of children with multi-sensory processing disorders in a variety of settings.
The Dayton Autism Society (DAS) is a non-profit organization which is made up of a board of volunteers who are parents, family members, professionals in the field of disability services, and other interested persons. DAS exists to advocate for, support, and educate families living with autism.
Dayton Children’s offers a full range of primary and specialty health care services for infants, children and teens. Pediatric experts in more than 35 specialty areas have the special training and experience needed to care for children of all ages.
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) oversees a statewide system of supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. DODD does this by developing services that ensure an individual’s health and safety, encourage participation in the community, increase opportunities for meaningful employment, and provide residential services and support from early childhood through adulthood.
Eastway Behavioral Healthcare’s mission is to advance the overall health and security of individuals and the community by providing excellent behavioral healthcare, rehabilitation and housing services and to advocate on behalf of individuals with special needs.
The Epilepsy Foundation is an ally for individuals and families impacted by epilepsy and seizures. The Foundation works to prevent, control, and cure epilepsy through community services; public education; federal and local advocacy; and supporting research into new treatments and therapies. The Foundation works to ensure that people with seizures have the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential.
Emerging Horizons is an on-line magazine about accessible travel for wheelchair-users to slow walkers.
The Exceptional Family Member Program, EFMP, offers many services for military families. They can assist by identifying and enrolling family members with special medical or educational needs, finding out what services are available in your present or new duty station and support families with information, referrals and non-clinical case management to access services.
The Greene County Board of Developmental Disabilities provides services and support for clients with differing abilities in the Greene County Community. Providing services from early childhood, through adulthood and elderly life stages, the Board is committed to assisting eligible individuals in making choices and achieving a life of increasing capabilities so that they may live, work, and play in our community.
This website gives advice and links to resources to caregivers. Some of the links provide information on eldercare, caring for someone with a disability, respite coalitions, medication management, nursing home information, how to take care of yourself, and more.
Help Me Grow is a voluntary family support program for pregnant women or new parents. Offered in every county of the state through a well-established network, Help Me Grow is an evidence-based program that promotes healthy growth and development for babies and young children. Their home visitors are well-trained professionals who use a non-judgmental and compassionate approach that empowers parents with skills, tools and confidence to nurture the healthy growth of their children.
The Ohio Sports Academy in Springboro offers this class designed for children of all ages with minimal to moderate challenges with developmental delay, attention deficit, Autism, Sensory issues, coordination problems, fear of movement and more. The program combines sensory, gross motor and gymnastics activities which will improve strength, flexibility, balance, direction following, and confidence in the student. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for children with special needs to participate in a movement program as a recreation activity in addition to other therapies.
Interpreters of the Deaf, LLC. The region’s only Deaf-owned and operated sign language interpreting and C-Print captioning service. Interpreters of the Deaf offers programming including summer camp and interpretation services.
Their mission is protecting children and the elderly, strengthening families and individuals, and providing opportunities through coordinated services for the residents of Montgomery County.
Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) are non-profit regional law firms that provide high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio achieve self reliance, and equal justice and economic opportunity.
Miami Valley Adapted Sports is a Paralympic Sports Club that works through cooperative partnerships to provide recreational and competitive sporting opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities. MVAS provides programs that promote physical fitness, character building and friendship. MVAS advocates for equal opportunities for disabled individuals through education, training and networking.
The early childhood development programs provided by Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc. concentrate on literacy and school readiness for children ages zero to five.
The Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association provides information, resources and support to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and their communities.
Miami Valley Tutoring Services (MVTS) is dedicated to providing therapeutic and academic intervention for children, adolescents and young adults with special needs. MVTS specializes in serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).
Military Child Care Aware of America
They serve children and families by supporting the development of child care systems with highly skilled professionals who create high-quality, nurturing environments that allow children to fulfill their greatest potential. Military families rely on Child Care Aware® of America to administer a referral and subsidy fee assistance program to support their child care needs.
The Miracle League of Warren County & Greater Dayton work to establish and sustain baseball programs for people (of all ages) with disabilities. Their objective is to provide an opportunity for those individuals to experience the joy and benefits that come from playing baseball.
The Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services (MCBDDS) is the local government agency that coordinates services for children and adults in Montgomery County who have a diagnosis of an intellectual or developmental disability. It also offers a variety of direct services for individuals with developmental disabilities that are locally funded through the Montgomery County Human Services Levy, including Behavior Support, Early Intervention, Mental Health, Recreation and Respite, and Residential Placement Services.
The Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services (MCBDDS) is the first County Board of DD in the 88 counties in Ohio to provide specialized Mental Health services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to provide mental health services that are sensitive to the unique needs of individuals deemed eligible to receive County Board services.
The National Down Syndrome Society resources include a helpline, information for new and expectant parents, local support, health care information, therapies and development, wellness, education, research, and much more.
The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) is one of a national network of state councils, committed to self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. Their mission is to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life in Ohio.
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the State of Ohio agency that partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment and independence. They also make determinations on Social Security disability.
Preble County Board of Developmental Disabilities
The Preble County Board of DD is responsible for the coordination and management of services and programs that serve Preble County citizens with developmental disabilities. The board operates under federal, state, and local statute and rules to provide these services.
Preschool Promise is making quality Preschool for 4-year-olds more available and affordable to Dayton and Kettering families.
Prevent Blindness Ohio works to make sure that everyone has a chance to enjoy a lifetime of healthy vision, starting in infancy and childhood. They educate families, support research, and advocate for access to care.
Recovery Works Healing Center, LLC
Recovery Works’ mission is to provide an exceptional level of counseling that is needed to help individuals achieve recovery. Counseling will be provived by licensed therapists. Whether the counseling is individual or in a group setting the sessions will be private, confidential and comfortable.
Young Children’s Assessment and Treatment Services (YCATS) is a program is designed for children 6 and under experiencing challenges such as: behavioral concerns, including disruptive or aggressive behaviors, attention and hyperactivity issues, trauma, developmental issues such as autism or pervasive developmental disorders, and attachment problems.
Samaritan Behavioral Health’s CrisisCare Program offers a hotline, warmline, screening & triage, emergency walk-ins, pre-hospital screenings, mobile crisis services, crisis counseling and crisis debriefing to any adult, adolescent or child regardless of their ability to pay. 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis counseling telephone line: 937-224-4646.
The Sibling Support Project is the first national program dedicated to the life-long and ever-changing concerns of millions of brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental, and mental health concerns.
Accessibility Services provides assistance to all qualified students with disabilities, whether they are physical, psychiatric or educational.
Special Olympics Ohio provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics contributes to the physical, social, and psychological development of the athletes. Through successful experiences in sports, they gain confidence and build a positive self-image which carries over into the classroom, home, job and community.
The Miami Valley Spina Bifida Organization exists to connect, support, and educate those affected by Spina Bifida in the greater Dayton region.
The mission of The Disability Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for persons with disabilities by complementing public benefits through the prudent management of financial resources.
The Riding Centre Association is a nonprofit organization that provides a foundation in safe riding and the care and management of horses through affordable lessons to children and adults of diverse capabilities from Yellow Springs, Ohio and surrounding communities.
The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities provides services and supports to more than 1,800 people in Warren County who have developmental disabilities. The mission of the board is supporting people with disabilities and their families to achieve what is important to them.
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) recognizes disability as an aspect of diversity that is integral to society and to our campus community. Accessibility is an essential feature of the Wright State campus, and we strive to create an inclusive community for our students, faculty, staff, and guests.
4 Paws for Ability enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs.
Sensory Friendly Activities in our Community:
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Chuck E. Cheese’s offers Sensory Sensitive Sundays on the first Sunday of every month. They open two hours early and have reduced lighting and noise, show and music turned off or down, limited appearances by Chuck E. and food and games are offered.
The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery’s Sensory Sunday program offers extended hours for local families with a loved one who has a sensory disorder, such as autism. During these special hours, the Museum will adjust lighting and sound, have trained volunteers and additional staff, and offer programs that appeal to families who could benefit from a less stimulating atmosphere. Sensory Sundays are typically offered once a quarter.
Scene75 is offering a free program for those with special needs on the first Thursday of every month. The program has been developed to help improve social and motor skills, hand and eye coordination, reaction time, and recognition… all in a safe, controlled and FUN environment. Includes $10 Arcade Game Card, One Spin Zone Ride, Nine holds of Black Light Mini Golf and 30 mins in the Chaos Room! Siblings can participate too but are charged $14.99 each.
Get Air Sports in Huber Heights is now offering “Sensory Saturday” jump time on the first and third Saturday of every month from 9-11 am!
The Victoria Theatre Association offers some of their family-friendly productions as Sensory-Friendly shows. These productions are specifically designed for children with an autism spectrum disorder, other sensory processing diagnoses, and other special needs. You can expect a reduction of loud or jarring sounds, the absence of flashing or strobe lighting on stage, modification of house lights during the performance, and a judgement-free environment where all patrons can feel free to vocalize or move around the theatre if they need to. At no time, will anyone be asked to leave the performance due to sound, movement or behaviors related to differing cognitive/developmental abilities.
AMC Movie Theatre in West Chester is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month.
COSI Center of Science and Industry near Columbus has been working with experts from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Autism Society Central Ohio, and other community focus groups to develop video tutorials which will allow our guests affected by Autism or other sensory sensitivity the opportunity to see exhibits and learn more about COSI before visiting. They also offer a Sensory Friendly Environment Map and a Calming Room free for use whenever COSI is open.