Special Needs Directory


Awakening Minds Art

515 S. Main St., Findlay
419-302-3892 | awakeningmindsart.org 

Awakening Minds Art is a non-profit organization which offers a variety of programs designed for children and adults with special needs. Individuals can take part in a variety of 1:1 and group programming that help them succeed and achieve their goals. The staff at AMA works with students, giving them the guidance and attention they need. Staff members also work with families and local schools to achieve therapy and IEP goals.


Black Swamp Ice Frogs

Bowling Green State University Ice Arena,
417 N. Mercer Rd., Bowling Green
bgyouthhockey.org/bsif OR on Facebook under Black Swamp Ice Frogs
Michael Howick at 440-725-7840 or email blackswampicefrogs@yahoo.com

The Black Swamp Ice Frogs is a hockey organization for individuals with special needs or developmental disabilities. The group operates under the American Special Hockey Association, which allows players who have developmental disabilities a chance to learn and grow by playing the game of hockey. The program is for of all ages and abilities. Practices are from 5:10pm to 6pm all Sundays from October through March, and those interested can stop by for free any practice night. Play is non-contact and non-competitive, and no skating experience is required. 


Blanchard Valley Center 

1700 E. Sandusky St., Findlay
419-422-6387 | blanchardvalley.org

Blanchard Valley Center provides support for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. BVC’s mission is to increase opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to live, learn, work and play in the community. The Center offers a wide range of assistance: Early Intervention, including developmental and therapy services for infants and toddlers and their family, offered in the home; Blanchard Valley School, provides educational services, for preschool through high school students, and therapy services; employment and volunteer experiences for adults in the community; and vocational and day services along with van transportation for adults needing more assistance. BVC’s Service and Support Administration also provides case management services to develop person-centered plans and to connect with community resources.   


Blanchard Valley Health Systems

1900 S. Main St., Findlay
419-423-4500 | bvhealthsystem.org

The non-profit, integrated regional health system offers numerous medical services geared toward individuals and families living with developmental disabilities including therapy, urgent care and educational classes. 


Challenged Champions

11913 Road 6, Ottawa
419-456-3449  | challengedchampions@yahoo.com 

The mission of the Challenged Champions Equestrian Center is to support individuals with special needs from early childhood through adulthood. Horseback riding and other horse related activities present the opportunity for physical, emotional and mental development. Benefits of therapeutic horseback riding include increased core strength, fine motor skills, trunk control, hand eye coordination, increased self esteem, confidence, and improvement with speech and posture.


Gliding Stars – Adaptive Ice Skating Programs

P.O. Box 1561, Findlay
Practice at The Cube, 3430 N. Main St., Findlay.
Cindy Bregel at 419-423-4536 or 419-306-5327 or email at fndoha@glidingstars.org

The Gliding Stars organization provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to increase their personal potential by developing ice skating skills. Regular lessons culminate in a public, end-of-season, on-ice choreographed performance, which serves as a source of motivation, teamwork, increased self-esteem and the ‘magic’ that results from transcending one’s barriers to accomplish dreams. Instructors use adaptive products, specially designed and manufactured for Gliding Stars, to assist them in their skating. 


Help Me Grow

1700 E. Sandusky St., Findlay
419-423-8687 | ffchelpmegrow.org

Help Me Grow Early intervention provides family-centered services for infants and toddlers to age three with a developmental delay, disability, or a medical condition likely to result in a delay or disability. Through its early intervention and home visit programs, Help Me Grow is designed to ensure that Ohio’s children receive a healthy birth and the resources for a healthy and productive start.


Kaitlyn’s Cottage

1260 Ralston Ave., Defiance
419-783-4411 | promedica.org/kaitlynscottage

Kaitlyn’s Cottage is a safe and nurturing country cottage getaway designed to provide short-term and overnight respite for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities, and their families. Located on the Defiance Regional Hospital Campus, individuals can participate in activities such as cooking, gardening, crafts and games. Caregivers meet with each other for some down time. Summer camps and special events available too.


Millstream Career Center

1150 Broad Ave., Findlay
419-425-8277 | millstreamcc.org

Millstream’s Intervention Specialists work with students who have special needs by implementing an Individualized Educational Planning (IEP) team to discuss the best program placement for the student using formal evaluations and assessment information. Support services include assisting with study techniques, organization skills, communication, monitoring academic and social progress, and providing testing and instructional modifications. 



Meets at Findlay Evangelical Free Church
2515 Heatherwood Dr. , Findlay
Facebook under “Parent2Parent- All Inclusive/Special Needs Support Group Findlay, Ohio”

Parent2Parent is a support group for parents who have children with special needs. It is a place where parents share triumphs, educational resources, and connect with other parents who understand. A place where members can truly say, “We are not alone.”  Meetings are the first Monday of every month from 6 to 8pm for dinner, respite, and learning. Parents also meet for lunch the second Tuesday of every month.


Special Kids Therapy

1700 East Sandusky Dr., Findlay
419-422-5607 | specialkidstherapy.org

Special Kids Therapy provides support, financial assistance, as well as programs and activities for families with children with special health care needs. They provide family scholarships that cover the cost of equipment or therapies and activities that are not funded by insurance or other agencies. Scholarships make it possible to improve the quality of life of the entire family.


The Center for Autism & Dyslexia

7430 Timberstone Dr., Findlay
567-525-4487 | centerforautismanddyslexia.com 

The Center for Autism & Dyslexia provides an individualized program for each child and their family. It serves as a safe environment for children on the spectrum and gives them access to peers and a curriculum that caters to their individual strengths and weaknesses. Parents are encouraged to be highly involved in their child’s development. Staff at the center provide quality services with small teacher to student ratios, giving students the attention they need. 


United Way of Hancock County

245 Stanford Pkwy, Findlay
419-423-1432 | liveunitedhancockcounty.org

The United Way of Hancock County works to provide safety net services that meet crisis needs while offering long-term solutions in education, income and health. Their mission is to help ensure good health and well-being, and “measurably improve people’s lives.” United Way of Hancock County works with Challenged Champions Equestrian Center, Century Health, CASA/GAL of Hancock County, The Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio and more to improve the lives of those with special needs.