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Akron Children’s Hospital featuring Dr. Duby, recently launched Autism Support Emails for Families. These a re intended for families and are targeted at post-diagnosis. Each week – for 52 weeks – families will receive tidbits of information regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Autism Speaks First 100 Days Kit. Families whose children have been diagnosed in the last 6 months may request a complimentary hard copy of the 100 Day Kit or the AS/HFA Tool Kit by visiting Autism Speaks website or calling 888-AUTISM2 (888-288-4762) and speaking with an Autism Response Team Coordinator.

Communication Partners Dr. James MacDonald provides practical problem solving to address frequently asked questions about learning to talk.

Center for Early Literary Learning: CELL Gives parents with suggestions on ways to provide their infants, toddlers and preschoolers with fun and exciting literacy learning experiences.

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers Parenting is hard work. But it can also be fun and rewarding. There are many things you can do to help build a safe, stable and nurturing relationship with your child. This website helps you handle common parenting challenges so you can be a more confident parent and enjoy helping your child grow.

Love Talk Play Learn why love, talk and play are important to give your child a great start in life and to get ideas for how you can add more into your daily routine.

OCALI has the Ohio’s Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders, available free to families. Parents can either download a PDF of the book on our website or call 614.410.0321 and request a free copy be sent to them.

Parenting 24/7 24/7 is designed for parents and is an easy to use, one stop source for news, information and advice on parenting form the University of Illinois.

Red Treehouse was created to provide a welcoming and vibrate online community for families and professionals to explore resources to help children and young adults, prenatal through age 25.

Zero to Three Information for parents on the first three years of life.

Youth Resources

Navigating the School IEP Process

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) is a statewide nonprofit organization that serves families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities in Ohio, educators and agencies who provide services to them. OCECD’s programs help parents become informed and effective representatives for their children in all educational settings.

Autism Speaks: An informative website for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Disability Scoop: Premier source for developmental disability news.

Friendship Circle: To provide children who have special needs with a full range of social and recreational experiences.

Family Day Out: Find great family events around Ohio

Licking County Health Department: Wellness and community information and activities.

Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio: An organization working together to ensure that all individuals in our community living with Down syndrome have every opportunity to achieve their full individual potential.

Single Parent’s Alliance of America:Provides resources to single parents in America.

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities:This statewide nonprofit organization that serves families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities in Ohio, educators and agencies who provide services to them.

Employment Resources

Employment First

Employment First Transition Planning Transition planning is required to begin formally and be documented in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) by age 14. The IEP must include a post-secondary goal for employment that is based on age-appropriate transition assessments related to employment in a competitive environment in which workers are integrated regardless of disability.

Ohio Department of Education Special Education

OhioMeansJobs: Licking County (formerly Opportunity Links) Visit OhioMeansJobs at 998 E. Main Street Newark, Ohio 43055 or call them at 740-670-8999.

OhioMeansJobs.com OhioMeansJobs can help guide your career search.

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is the State of Ohio agency that partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment and independence. We are also charged with making determinations on Social Security disability.