sPECIAL nEEDS rESOURCES
REGULAR SPECIAL NEEDS EVENTS
- Café O’Play: Café O’Play closes their Open Play hours to the public at 4:00PM every fourth Sunday and open from 4:30PM – 7:30PM exclusively for families with a special needs child and their siblings for a night of fun. http://cafeoplay.com/wp-content/uploads/SpecialNeedsFlyer.pdf
- Cleveland Children’s Museum: Offers sensory friendly times twice a month (The second Saturday of the month from 9-10 am and the third Thursday of the month from 5-7 pm,) for those who need it a little less crowded, a little less lights, and a little less noise. http://www.clevelandchildrensmuseum.org/sensoryfriendly/
- SkyZone: Sensory nights on select Mondays, where Sky Zone will turn the music off and dial down the distractions for the comfort of our extra special jumpers. We welcome children and adults with special needs and their family and friends to jump for 60 min for $10.00. We will make every effort to accommodate all jumpers. Please call for specific questions. Check their calendar page at http://www.skyzone.com/bostonheights/Hours-Pricing each month for that month's date.
- Stow-Monroe Library: Join Miss Nancy at 11 a.m. once a month on Saturdays for Little Learners. This story time is a soothing and sensory experience for young children who benefit from a quieter setting. One-on-one interaction with a caregiver is emphasized. Gentle songs, sensory activities, and retelling of a single story will be featured. A quiet spot to retreat to during story time will be available, if needed, as will sensory items like stuffed animals or puppets, balls, and more. No registration required. See http://www.smfpl.org/event/2016_05_21/little_learners for upcoming dates.
- Twinsburg Public Library: Hosting a regular Sensory Story Time, an interactive program that engages children through movement, music, stories, and sensory play. For all ages, but the program is geared to preschool level. Once a month on Saturdays, check the library calendar for dates and registration. http://twinsburglibrary.org/sites/default/files/current_events_flyer.pdf
- Help Me Grow (Ohio’s Early Intervention Program): Parents and caregivers with concerns regarding their child’s development can have their infant or toddler evaluated by an interdisciplinary team at absolutely no cost to the family. Children are evaluated for delays in the areas of adaptive, cognitive, communication, physical, and social-emotional development using appropriate diagnostic tools. Should intervention be deemed necessary, individualized services are provided to the child and family through a Service Coordinator who guides the family through every aspect of the process, from program entry until the child transitions out by age three. http://www.helpmegrow.ohio.gov/aboutus/What%20is%20Help%20Me%20Grow.aspx
- Parent Mentor Program: Need help with IEPs or navigating the Hudson school system? The parent mentor serves as the support person and an information resource to assist parents with the special education process, ages 3 and up. More information at http://www.hudson.k12.oh.us/Page/4122
- SST-8: A state support program for the school districts of Medina, Portage, and Summit Counties, SST-8 is working to close the acheivement gap for students with disabilities. They offer free professional development and support, including a monthly Parent Access Collaborative speaker series at Summit County ESC. http://sst8.org/Parents/PAC.aspx
- Achievement Centers for Children: A Cleveland, Ohio based non-profit organization that provides support, services, and programs that help children with a wide range of physical, emotional, neurological, or developmental disabilities achieve their full potential in life. http://www.achievementcenters.org/
- Autism Society of Greater Akron: The Autism Society is the leading voice and resource of the entire autism community in education, advocacy, services, research and support. We are committed to meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. http://autismakron.org/
- Autism Society of Greater Cleveland: http://www.asgc.org/
- Coalition for Children’s Mental Health: Based in Hudson, CCMH is dedicated to increasing awareness of mental illnesses among children and adolescents. Their goal is to promote early intervention and to prevent the physical, emotional and social consequences of the failure to treat mental illnesses. http://www.hudsonccmh.com/
- Matthew's Lending Library. Need to borrow adaptive technology? Matthew's Lending Library is a Lakewood, Ohio-based not-for-profit publicly supported children’s charity that loans adaptive therapy equipment and capability switch-operated toys to children and young adults with special needs. Matthew's Lending Library
- Milestones Autism Resources: Founded in 2003 by parents seeking to improve programming available for their children with autism, Milestones Autism Resources improves the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum by educating, coaching and connecting the autism community with evidence-based information. http://milestones.org/
- OCALI. The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence serves families, educators, and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, and traumatic brain injuries. They offer numerous free web modules that might be of interest to parents on autism, assistive technologies, and universal design for learning. http://www.ocali.org/
- Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities: Nonprofit organization serves as the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) for the state of Ohio with the mission of ensuring that every Ohio child with special needs receives a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment to enable that child to reach his/her highest potential. Their Parent and Resources webpages have tons of helpful information including sample IEP tips and goals; communication tips; and sample letters to the school district requesting things like initiation of services, evaluations, extended school year, or bullying. Check them out at http://www.ocecd.org/ForParents.aspx.
- The Upside of Downs: To provide support, education, and advocacy for people with Down syndrome, their families and communities. http://www.theupsideofdowns.org/
- Zane Foundation: Our mission is to provide services for children and adults with special needs. This is done through funding assistance; and community outreach and educational programs. http://zanesfoundation.org/site