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Resource List

Here is a list of local organizations and other resources for children with developmental differences. This list is in no particular order and will be added to as we discover new resources.

If you know of an organization that you think should be listed here please let us know. Email us at hello@friendsofbvs.org

Education and Therapy

Blanchard Valley Center – www.blanchardvalley.org

The Hancock County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Findlay City Schools – http://www.findlaycityschools.org

City of Findlay school district

Hancock ESC – http://www.hancockesc.org

Hancock Educational Service Center

The Center for Autism and Dyslexia – https://www.centerforautismanddyslexia.com

A school for children with autism and/or dyslexia.

Ms. Donna’s Adaptive Learning Center – https://www.facebook.com/pg/msdonnasadaptivelearningcenter

A center that provides services to children with IEP’s from their local school district.

Parent Mentor Program – http://www.hancockesc.org/Programs/ParentMentor (County)

http://www.fcs.org/ss-mentor.html (Findlay City)

Provides support and resources to families of children with disabilities in Hancock County.

Help Me Grow – www.ffchelpmegrow.org

Assisting families before birth up till the age of 3.

Julia A. Cole Rehab & Sports Medicine – http://www.bvhealthsystem.org/services/rehabilitation/julie-a-cole-rehab

Offering speech, occupational, and physical therapies.

Grace Speaks – http://www.grace-speaks.org

Offering affordable private speech therapy.

Bee Heard – BeeHeardLLC@gmail.com

Speech & Language Services

Wood County Hospital – https://www.woodcountyhospital.org/medical-services/rehabilitation-services/pediatric-rehabilitation-services

Offering speech, occupational, and physical therapies and specialized services.

Art & Music

Awakening Minds Arts & Athletics– http://www.awakeningmindsart.org

Offering special art and athletic programs for children with special needs.

KanDu Studio – http://kandustudio.org

Art Studio for artists with different abilities.

Heartstring Melodies – www.heartstringmelodies.com

Music therapy for children with special needs.

Perrysburg Dance Academy – http://www.perrysburgacademy.com

Offers a special needs dance class.


Gliding Stars of Findlay – http://glidingstars.org/findlay.html

An adaptive ice skating program.

Miracle League of Findlay – http://www.miracleleagueoffindlay.com

An adaptive baseball program.

Challenged Champions – http://www.challengedchampions.com

Equine therapy for people with special needs.

Project H.O.P.E – https://www.projecthope-equinetherapy.org

A nonprofit Equine Assisted Therapies program

Rally Cap Sports – http://www.rcsbgsu.org

Sports for people with special needs.

Support Groups/Parent Groups

Special Needs Parent Support – https://www.facebook.com/groups/188766941161599/

An all inclusive support group for parents who have children with special needs.

Findlay Autism – https://www.facebook.com/groups/findlayautism/

A support group for families whos children have been diganosed with autism children in Findlay, Ohio. (Hancock County)

FOBVS Parent Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/fobvsparentgroup/

A place for parents with children of all abilities.

Autism Momma’s and Papa’s Sharing – https://www.facebook.com/groups/265359927382423/

A place to share, vent, cry, laugh and grow together.


Special Kids Therapy – http://specialkidstherapy.org

Provides financial assistance, programs, and activities for children with special needs.

Children’s Museum of Findlay – http://www.cmfindlay.com

Sensory friendly and offers All Abilities Day events.

Disability Rights Ohio – http://www.disabilityrightsohio.org

Advocating for the rights of people with disabilities in Ohio.

NAMI of Hancock County – https://www.namiofhancock.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo – http://www.dsagt.org

Programs, services, and events specific to down syndrome.

Autism Specific

Ohio’s Interagency Work Group on Autism – https://iwg-autism.org/

“It’s really a collaborative effort across multiple state agencies who have come together in order to have a conversation in first identifying the need, but also in figuring out a great way to meet the need.” – Ohio Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children

Bittersweet Farms – http://www.bittersweetfarms.org

Serving people with autism

Autism Society of Northwest Ohio – http://asno.org

They provide support, education, and advocacy.

Autism Society of Ohio – https://autismohio.org

ASO is a coalition of local Autism Society affiliates focusing on statewide advocacy and awareness and serving areas not covered by a local affiliate.

Pierce’s Crew Foundation – http://piercescrew.org

Help fund therapy and programs for children with special needs in Hancock County.

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence – http://www.ocali.org

Autism resources and training

itaalk – https://www.itaalk.org

Provides assistive technology devices to individuals with autism.

Autistic, Not Weird http://autisticnotweird.com

“Insight from a former teacher with Asperger Syndrome”

The Horse Boy – https://www.facebook.com/horseboyworld/

“Horses Helping Children with Autism, Brain Building & Kinetic Learning”

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