Special Needs Resource Directory

  • Employment and Day Programs

    Seeking employment as a young adult with special needs can present some unique challenges, such as training and job matching based on an individual's abilities. The Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children's puts patients and families in touch with special resources designed to help conquer these challenges.

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    Adult Day Programs

    • Beau Vita West is a day program for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities that promotes living full, responsible, and productive lives. Individuals are inspired to initiate and act upon personal choices in a supportive setting, to build a unique schedule of activities, and to acquire skills that will be useful in their daily lives at home, at work, and in their communities. Program options include skills for daily living, self expression, recreation and leisure, community experiences, communication and socialization.
    • Center for Possibilities, located in Hobart, Indiana. provides programming for students age 22 and above with a developmental disability focusing on the development of self-care skills, daily living skills and academic advancement
    • Constant Companions is a unique alternative to traditional work or day programs for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. The program focuses on the interaction between people with disabilities and animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and fish. These animals are used as teaching aids to encourage participants to nurture and learn about the animals in their care.
    • New Perceptions provides job placement and long-term training / coaching with community employers for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental retardation who reside in Northern Kentucky.
    • Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities supports day programs and employment options. Check the local County Board of Developmental Disabilities to find your local office. 
    • Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries is a comprehensive employment and training center providing work training, job placement and follow-along services. Goodwill also offers transition planning assistance, vocational assessment, social / recreational alternatives to full-time work, personal care assistance, assistive technology and nursing support. 
    • Redwood, located in Northern Kentucky, provides vocational programs and life experiences to children and adults with disabilities.
    • REM Ohio offers vocational services and day programs for adults with disabilities in the Cincinnati area and throughout Ohio. They offer 14 day support programs including paid work sites and recreation and leisure activities.
    • RMS Autism Transition Center, located in Cincinnati, is a day habilitation program focused on developing independence while facilitating the transition from childhood to adulthood for young adults (age 18 and older) with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Individuals must be on a waiver. Call 513-522-2400 for more information.
    • Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati has a recreational and community service program for adults.
    • Stepping Stones in Cincinnati offers day programs for adults with disabilities (over age 21) at both the Given Road and Camp Allyn locations. At Stepping Stones, adults have year-round fun activities and enriching experiences.
    • True Alternatives, located in Hamilton and Madisonville, Ohio, provides vocational habilitation and adult day services. Call 513-344-1667 for more information.
    • United Cerebral Palsy, located in Cincinnati, provides a broad range of services from the Life Enrichment Program, where individuals choose from classes that focus on health and wellness and recreational activities to The Academy of Technology Advancement, an individualized educational program for learning and improving basic and advanced computer competencies while using any needed assistive technology, with instruction in adaptive computer skills and use of assistive technology or the Art ala Carte studio and art gallery, where one can explore creativity through diverse mediums and materials. Over 50% of those served by UCP have a primary disability other than cerebral palsy. For more information, call 221-4606 ext 29.
    • Visionaries & Voices is a studio / gallery created specifically for artists with disabilities to grow both personally and professionally.

    Job Skills Development

    • Academy of Technology Advancement at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati focuses on teens and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities and facilitates their transition from high school to career development and inclusive adulthood. The curriculum is individualized and customized to each student’s ability and is based on the Ohio Department of Education’s Academic Content Standards K-12 Technology and Certiport’s IC 3 ®Training and Certification Program. The program culminates in IC3® Certification, the Internet and Core Certification program. IC3® is a global certification program and worldwide industry standard that accurately validates skills and competency in computer and Internet literacy. For more information, call 221-4606 ext 29.

    • Easter Seals Tristate Employment and Training assists individuals with disabilities with job placement, job coaching, employment options and job skills development.
    • Great Oaks is a career development center the covers the Greater Cincinnati area.
    • Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries is a comprehensive employment and training center providing work training, job placement and follow-along services. Goodwill also offers transition planning assistance, vocational assessment, social / recreational alternatives to full-time work, personal care assistance, assistive technology and nursing support.
    • Project SEARCH at Cincinnati Children's.
    • Academy of Technology Advancement at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati focuses on teens and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities and facilitates their transition from high school to career development and inclusive adulthood. The curriculum is individualized and customized to each student’s ability and is based on the Ohio Department of Education’s Academic Content Standards K-12 Technology and Certiport’s IC 3 ®Training and Certification Program. The program culminates in IC3® Certification, the Internet and Core Certification program. IC3® is a global certification program and worldwide industry standard that accurately validates skills and competency in computer and Internet literacy. For more information, call 221-4606 ext 29.

    Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies

    Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies help people who have physical or mental disabilities prepare for, find or keep employment. Services can include counseling and guidance to help the individual plan vocational goals, adjust to the working world, training to learn job skills in trade school, college, university, on the job or at home.

    Additional Resources

    • Equal Opportunity Publications, Inc. publishes career magazines for women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities.
    • Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. JAN provides employers,  people with disabilities and their family members with information on job accommodations.
    • Job Access enables people with disabilities to enhance their professional lives by providing a dedicated system for finding employment.
    • NISH is a national nonprofit agency that helps provide technical assistance to Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) interested in obtaining federal contracts under the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Program.
    • Think Beyond the Label provides ideas to businesses on how to make accommodations for employees with disabilities.