Special Needs Guide 2016

. November 1, 2016.

Awakening Minds Art

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

Awakening Minds Art is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of programs designed for children and adults with special needs. Individuals can take part in 1:1 and group programming offerings that focus on practicing and achieving their non-art related goals (IEP goals, fine motor, gross motor, storytelling etc.). The staff at AMA works with students, giving them the guidance and attention they need. Staff members also work with families and local schools throughout Northwestern Ohio to achieve therapy and IEP goals. The Findlay studio houses a Sensory Tools Store where families can purchase commonly used sensory tools and learn about their proper use.

Barbara Carvalho

MS CCC-SLP (Licensed and ASHA certified)
Private, In-home, Speech & Language Therapy
419-957-2736 | barbielee22@gmail.com

Barbara Carvalho provides therapy services to children from preschool through high school, within the comfort of your home. Serving all areas of speech and language needs, including articulation, language, stuttering, social skills, writing skills, organization and study skills. Experienced with many areas of special needs, including apraxia of speech, autism, reading disorders, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and other health impairments.

Black Swamp Ice Frogs

Bowling Green State University Ice Arena
417 N. Mercer Rd. | Bowling Green

Michael Howick
440-725-7840 | 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 all ages and abilities. Practices are from 5:10pm to 6pm every Sunday from October through April, and those interested can stop by for free any practice night. Play is non-contact and non-competitive, and no skating experience is required. The Ice Frogs are looking for on ice volunteers, especially those who can help with ice skating. Knowledge of hockey is helpful, but not necessary – great way to earn community service credit hours.

Blanchard Valley Center

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

Blanchard Valley Center’s mission is to provide resources and supports that empower people with developmental disabilities to live lives with meaning and purpose. BVC offers a wide range of programs that support the needs of children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities.  Resources begin with Early Intervention serving infants, toddlers, and their families in the home. Blanchard Valley School serves students from preschool through high school and includes therapy services. BVC also offers assistance for families with youth preparing to transition from school to the workforce. Service and Support Administration provides case management to develop person-centered plans and connect people and their families with community resources and care providers. Finally, BVC offers programs in recreation and self-advocacy as well as provider support and health education, while Community Works! connects people to community employers and 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 Equestrian Center

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

The mission of the non-profit Challenged Champions Equestrian Center, Inc. is to enrich and change the lives of children and adults with special needs through facilitated equine activities. Such 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.

Findlay City Schools Special Needs Programming

1100 Broad Ave. | Findlay

Kathy Young
Special Education Supervisor | 419-425-8245

Maryl Hill
Special Education Supervisor | 419-425-8238

Karen Herold
Parent Mentor | 419-427-5408

Findlay City Schools provides an array of opportunities for student with special needs or disabilities, from preschool through graduation, that allow for education of all students in the least restrictive environment. A preschool program at Washington Elementary provides services to students with all disabilities from ages 3 to 5 alongside typical peers. Scholarships are available for those in need. Findlay City Schools provides specialized deaf programming for our students in the district and students in surrounding areas that opt to attend our programs, at all grade levels, and offers classes for students on the Autism Spectrum beginning with its preschool program. FSC also has a parent mentor to support families maneuvering the special education maze. She has experience working with agencies and schools, and is available to educate families about the special education process, facilitate trainings for parents, and keep parents informed about community opportunities for their students.

Gliding Stars Adaptive Ice Skating Programs

P.O. Box 1561 | Findlay
Practice at The Cube | 3430 N. Main St. | Findlay

Cindy Bregel
419-423-4536 or 419-306-5327
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 in order to accomplish one’s dreams. Instructors use adaptive products specially designed and manufactured for Gliding Stars to assist them in their skating.

Grace Speaks

124 W. Front St. #201 | Findlay
419-348-4083 | grace-speaks.org

Grace Speaks is a non-profit organization that helps children find their voice with affordable speech therapy. We offer children ages 2 to 18 one-on-one, 50 minute private speech therapy sessions for $25. Individual therapy sessions are created by Bowling Green State University masters students to help each client reach their speech goals.

Hancock County Special Olympics

1700 E. Sandusky St. | Findlay

Cara Noel | coordinator
419-422-6387 Ext 1520 | 

Special Olympics contributes to the physical, social, and psychological development of the athletes. Through successful experiences in sports, they gain confidence and build a positive self-image which carries over into the classroom, home, job and community. Athletes must be at least eight years of age and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disability, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required special instruction. Sports – Basketball Skills, December-March; Basketball Team, November-March; Bowling, September-January; Golf, June-September; Softball, May-August; Swimming, August-December; Track and Field, March-June; Volleyball, March–June.

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 Ohio’s children receive a healthy birth and the resources to warrant a healthy and productive start in life.

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 can meet with each other for some down time. Summer camps and special events available too.

Lodestar: Guiding Angels for the Blind

P.O. Box 1797 | Findlay
419-796-1329 | Lodestarga.org

Lodestar is a 501(c)3 organization that provides service dogs, companion dogs, and emotional support dogs to children who are blind or visually impaired free of charge. We are a small organization that focuses on quality of training and outstanding client support and satisfaction. Please contact us to learn more about Lodestar, to donate, or to apply for services.

Millstream Career Center

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

Millstream’s Intervention Specialists can 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. Their support services include assisting with study techniques, organization skills, communication, monitoring academic and social progress, and providing testing and instructional modifications.

The Miracle League of Findlay

The Marathon Diamonds
3430 N. Main St. | Findlay (behind The Cube)

Cindy Bregel
419-423-4536 | miracleleagueoffindlay@gmail.com

The Miracle League serves children and adults who have any physical or mental disabilities that exclude them from conventional baseball leagues. Adjacent to the Miracle Field is a Miracle playground, an all-inclusive playground, the first in the Findlay area.


Meets at Findlay Evangelical Free Church
2515 Heatherwood Dr. | Findlay
419-306-7428 | Facebook.com/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 | catapultlearning.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.