Ohio State’s Rehabilitation Services has compiled this list of online resources to offer additional information about specific disabilities and conditions, as well as agencies and programs that can provide you with assistance.
Online resources for caregivers
National Center on Caregivers
A program of Family Caregiver Alliance, the NCC) serves as a central source of information on caregiving and long-term care issues. NCC helps you locate government, nonprofit and private programs in your area. It includes services for family caregivers, as well as resources for older or disabled adults. It also includes information on government health and disability programs, legal resources, disease-specific organizations and much more.
National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) www.nfcacares.org
NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to help transform family caregivers' lives by removing barriers to health and well being.
Tips for preventing and dealing with caregiver stress
Online resources for specific disabilities and conditions
The Amputee Coalition of America
ACA is a national, nonprofit amputee consumer educational organization representing people who have experienced amputation or are born with limb differences.
Offers information and tools to help people live a better life with arthritis.
Brain Injury Association of Americahttp://www.biausa.org
Dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury through advocacy, education and research. With more than 40 state affiliates and hundreds of local chapters and support groups, they serve individuals who live with brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them.
Brain Injury Association of Ohio
One of 43 state brain injury associations affiliated with the Brain Injury Association of America, Inc. Offers seven staffed offices throughout Ohio that help coordinate services for individuals with brain injuries and their families.
Ohio Valley Center For Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
As a program connected with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, OVC provides education and training, conducts research and develops new programs for rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury .
Traumatic Brain Injury Network
Assists adults who have incurred a traumatic brain injury and have a substance use disorder to attain healthy, productive and satisfying lifestyles by providing a culturally competent, community-based substance abuse treatment program.
Central Ohio Parkinson Society
Dedicated to providing support for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families through support groups, education, awareness and resources.
National Parkinson Foundation
Serves to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson’s disease through research, education and outreach. NPF drives breakthrough research by bringing together the thought leaders at NPF Centers of Excellence–43 leading medical centers around the globe that deliver care to more than 50,000 Parkinson’s patients.
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.
Funded by the Reeve Foundation through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NRN translates the latest scientific advances into effective, activity-based rehabilitation treatments.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) www.spinalcord.org
NSCIA educates and empowers survivors of spinal cord injury and disease to achieve and maintain the highest levels of independence, health and personal fulfillment. Provides information, resources and education to address information and issues important to their members.
United Spinal Association
An organization committed to promoting inclusion, improving accessibility, fostering independence, enhancing mobility and demanding equality for all individuals living with spinal cord injury/disability.
American Stroke Association www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG
Their mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Learn about stroke, the warning signs of stroke and life after stroke.
National Stroke Association
Their mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.
An online stroke support community designed to help everyone in the stroke family – stroke survivors and caregivers. Offers many types of resources including a caregiver handbook, library, bookstore, chat sessions and message board.
Websites on specific topics
Rx for Ohiowww.rxforohio.org
RxforOhio offers access for qualified, low-income people to discounted prescription drugs through public and private patient assistance programs.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Patient Financial Aid
Our financial counselors can help you complete applications for government-sponsored programs, describe other financial assistance programs that can help offset costs, or structure workable payment plans for required medical treatment if you meet certain financial criteria.
Franklin County Department of Jobs and Family Services
This is a county, state and federally supported agency responsible for basic financial, medical and social services programs. JAFS ensures that many eligible children and adults receive assistance each month through in-house or contracted services.
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
ODJFS provides a variety of financial and supportive services to low-income families and individuals, most of whom are employed or seeking employment. Services include financial assistance for unemployment, food and child-care. Additional services include matching job seekers with jobs and job training and providing protective services for adults and children.
Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission
A state agency that partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment, independence and Social Security disability determination outcomes through its: * Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR), * Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) * Bureau of Disability Determination (BDD).
A federal government website that provides resources across 10 main subject areas – benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology and transportation.
A federal program that pays for certain healthcare expenses for people 65 or older and for certain younger people with disabilities.
Social Security Administration
Provides financial assistance to people with disabilities with the Social Security Disability Insurance program and the Supplemental Security Income program.
Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
CMHA is the public housing authority for Franklin County, Ohio. Our mission is to serve the community by helping people access affordable housing and assist residents in accessing needed social services.
Located adjacent to The Ohio State University, Creative Living provides housing and support to physically disabled individuals with two apartment complexes designed specifically for wheelchair access.
Columbus Bar Association
Provides lawyer referrals to match your legal needs at no cost.
Ohio Legal Rights Services (OLRS)
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus
The Ohio Legal Rights Service (LRS) is an independent agency of the State of Ohio. LRS provides legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems ranging from abuse and access to assistive technology and special education.
A nonprofit regional law firm that seeks to improve the lives of and empower low income residents and senior citizens of Columbus and central Ohio by providing high quality legal representation to meet clients' civil legal needs. They do not handle criminal cases.
LIVING WITH A DISABILITY
Assistive Technology of Ohiowww.atohio.org
Helps Ohioans with disabilities learn about or acquire assistive technology - devices, equipment or services that assist individuals with disabilities to function independently. Reviews legislative activity that affects persons with disabilities and educates legislators about the needs and concerns of citizens with disabilities.
Columbus Urban League
Committed to empowering all African-Americans, Columbus Urban League offers an educational program to African-American women with disabilities. The Triple Threat program provides assistance, education and support.
Life on Wheels
Author/speaker Gary Karp provides books on a variety of subjects regarding living life with a disability, is a speaker on the subject and provides a business case for workers with disabilities.
Mid-Ohio Board for an Independent Living Environment (MOBILE)
Offers advocacy, independent living skill classes and peer support and mentoring. Additional services offered include loaning used assistive devices, published guides for accessible housing and transportation, assistance with relocating from nursing home and group homes as well as accessing programs and services to help maintain independent living. They also provide answers to inquiries on disability-related topics and referral to agencies, community organizations and service providers.
Mobility Equipment and Financial Assistance from Auto Manufacturers
Acura - www.acura.com/mobilityoverview.aspx
Ford - www.fordmobilitymotoring.com
GM - www.gmmobility.com/mobility-financial-assistance
Honda - http://automobiles.honda.com/information/mobility-assistance.aspx
Lexus - www.lexus.com/models/LS/accessories/mobility_program.html
Subaru - www.subaru.com/engineering/mobility-starting.html
Toyota - www.toyotamobility.com
Volvo – www.volvocars.com/us/sales-services/sales/volvo_mobility_program/pages/default.aspx
The Adaption Adventure Sports Coalition (TASSC)
TAASC is a nonprofit organization in Columbus, Ohio, that was established to offer individuals with disabilities opportunities to participate in adventure activities, such as kayaking, alpine skiing, water skiing, ice-skating, sailing, and cycling.
Columbus Recreation Parks Therapeutic Recreation Program
Sponsors recreational activities that are modified to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Directory of Organizations for Athletes with Disabilities
The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation puts together this directory of sports competitions and activities for athletes with disabilities and the general public interested in volunteering for these events.
Fore Hope Adaptive Golf
A nationally recognized, nonprofit organization that uses golf as an instrument to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities, illness, injury, inactive lifestyle and other life challenges.
Ohio State Recreation - Adapted Open Recreation/Cardio Strength Training
Provides accommodations for members with disabilities to enjoy recreation and exercise.
Ohio State Recreation - Adapted Programs
Offers a wide variety of accommodations for members to enjoy recreational sports.
Ohio Wheelchair Sports Association
A volunteer organization that provides sporting activities for individuals of any age with a permanent physical disability. Activities include both recreational and competitive sports such as basketball, rugby, softball, tennis, swimming and hand cycling.
This organization provides year-round programs in sports, recreation and education for individuals with disabilities and health concerns. .
VSA Ohio provides people with disabilities opportunities to celebrate life through the arts, education and creative expression Programs focus on education, professional development, cultural access and public awareness.
Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Columbus
A faith-based social service agency solely focused on improving the quality of life for people in need throughout central and southern Ohio.
Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio
An organization that helps people in need throughout 55 Ohio counties by addressing issues of hunger, housing, healing and hope.
Offers riders with disabilities a 50 percent discount.
COTA Mainstream is a shared-ride service that is scheduled in advance, and available as a door-to-door service to customers upon request. Need is determined through ADA paratransit eligibility process.
Central Ohio’s leader in vocational rehabilitation services for people with mental illnesses and other disabilities that pose a barrier to employment. COVA provides a complete range of career development services.
VOLUNTEER HELP & NEEDS
HandsOn Central Ohiowww.handsoncentralohio.org/public
Matches people in need with diverse programs and resources, and connects available volunteers to volunteer opportunities.