Special Needs Guide 2019

. October 31, 2019.
special needs guide


addaptco.org | team@addaptco.org

ADDAPTCO, which stands for All Developmental Differences & Abilities Parent Teacher Community Organization, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization run by a group of parents and educators familiar with the specific needs of children with developmental differences. Those involved share a common goal of supporting, advocating, and empowering special needs children.


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

Awakening Minds Art is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide therapeutic, educational and developmental programs to all ages and abilities. Their therapeutic programs are geared for special needs of all ages and focus on practicing and achieving non-art related goals (IEP goals, fine motor, gross motor, storytelling etc.).


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

BVC offers a wide range of programs that support the needs of children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities. Blanchard Valley School serves students from preschool through high school and includes therapy services. BVC also offers assistance for families with young adults preparing to transition from school to the workforce. Case management is provided to develop person-centered plans and connect people and their families with community resources, employment, and care providers.


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

With a student population facing a variety of disabilities including autism, emotional disturbance, and other health impairments, the center works to increase academic language and behavioral competencies. Students who attend the school must qualify for the Autism Scholarship, Jon Peterson Scholarship or be referred by their school district. The centers serves students Pre-K – 12th grade (ages 3-21).


11913 Rd 6, Ottawa
419-456-3449 | challengedchampions.com

Challenged Champions Equestrian Center was established in 1997 as a non-profit charitable corporation. Using the horse and its environment, they provide equine-assisted activities for people with a variety of special needs. They are a Premier Accredited Center with PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship).


1331 Tiffin Avenue, Findlay
419-359-6629 or dial 888-485-8155.
Nicole Leslie – Director

Grace Speaks is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable, private speech therapy and language stimulation to children with communication delays. Grace Speaks, founded by Nicole Leslie and her husband Dr. Todd Leslie, partners with the Bowling Green State University’s department of communication sciences and disorders. BGSU graduate-level student interns provide the speech therapy.


419-423-4536 | glidingstars.org
City of Findlay Recreation Department
3430 N. Main St. Findlay


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. The Cube is also offering public Learn to Skate Lessons this winter for all ability levels.


219 Liberty St. Findlay, OH
567-429-1909 | musictherapy@heartstringmelodies.com

Heartstring Melodies, LLC, is a music therapy company providing services across Northwest Ohio in our Findlay and Maumee offices as well as several community locations. The company, owned by Amy Foley, MMT, MT-BC, provides music therapy services to empower clients and encourage them to strive towards independence. Music therapy is an established, research-based profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address goals such as social, emotional, communication, physical, sensory, and cognitive needs. Everyone working at Heartstring Melodies is a highly qualified music therapist, holding the national music therapy board certification credential. Music therapy services are tailored to the specific individual or group seeking treatment based on assessed needs. Contact Amy to set up a free consultation to learn more about how music therapy may be beneficial for you, your loved ones, or those with whom you work.


318 W. Main Cross St., Findlay
419-42KANDU | Kandugroup.org


Kan Du Group’s origin traces back to a group of parents who saw a need for their children to have a place to work and continue to develop after graduation. This group had already created Blanchard Valley School and Blanchard Valley Center. Their efforts also opened a workshop called The Blanchard Valley Adult Center. Eventually, it became known as Blanchard Valley Industries, BVI. For nearly 50 years, BVI was part of Hancock County’s services. In 2016, due to impending state regulations the adult programming became a private company, a name change followed to become Kan Du Group.

Programming has grown and diversified, and services are now provided to Hardin, Hancock, Wood and Wyandot Counties. Programming has grown to include; Career Exploration, Day Habilitation (In Motion), Art Studio, Production, Community Enclaves, Community Employment (Promotions), Senior Day Habilitation (Encore).

Community is the heart of Kan Du Group’s success, from the humble beginnings to now. For more than 50 years, the communities served have supported the mission to promote the independence, community integration and employability of adults with developmental disabilities, while providing an atmosphere to learn, communicate and connect. Kan Du Group is thankful, grateful and blessed. In the spirit of thanksgiving, very special Anniversary Celebration is being held on November 21 at the Hancock Hotel. This celebration will honor the accomplishments of the people receiving Kan Du Group’s services, it will honor the people and businesses who support Kan Du Group and it will honor the people who make it happen, the Kan Du Group team. Tickets are on sale for $60 each or 2 for $100. Please call 419-42KANDU.


419-889-8349 | miracleleagueoffindlay.com


The Miracle League of Findlay makes it possible for children of all abilities to enjoy the great American pastime–baseball! The Miracle League’s mission is to provide a safe and fun environment “where the rules are limited, the love is unconditional, and the joy infectious.” Children who participate in the Miracle League are assigned a “buddy” who assists them during games. They play on a custom baseball field located at the Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) Miracle Park,3430 North Main Street. BVHS Miracle Park is a fun and inclusive playground and baseball field where children of all ages and abilities can play safely together. The baseball field has cushioned, rubberized surface and wheelchair accessible dugouts.The 2019 season proved exciting and rewarding for the players, families and fans. The spring league, from April-June, involved115 players and their buddies in a 6-week Saturday afternoon league. In July, the Cleveland Indians invited 15 players to the Major League Baseball All Star game in Cleveland, Ohio. The players and their families played a simulated game on a real MLB field against the Miracle League of North East Ohio. The fall league, from August-October, involved another 90 players and their buddies. In early September, the Miracle League of Findlay sent one player and family to the National Miracle All-Star Game in Sioux City, Iowa. Trevor Mahlor represented the Miracle League of Findlay at this 2nd annual event. On October 19, the first Ghouls vs. Goblins game was played at the Miracle Field. The players dressed in their favorite Halloween costume and played a game under the lights. If you would like to get involved and/or donate to the Miracle League of Findlay for 2020, please contact Katy Erford, executive director, at findlaymiracleleaguedirector@gmail.com.


317 W. Lima Street, Findlay


Ms. Donna’s Adaptive Learning Center is a place where education and intervention services are provided to children based on IEP’s from their local school district. The dedicated staff work with students who have Autism Scholarships and Jon Petersen Special Needs Scholarships.


9747 CR 95, Findlay
888-717-7772 | pawsibleangels.org

Pawsible Angels is a 501(3)c organization that serves people with and without disabilities with service dogs and companion assistance dogs. Their mission is to promote independence, confidence, self-esteem, and positive social support. They partner with local agencies in Hancock County and surrounding counties, as well as throughout the state, to bring the Power of the Dog to families.


6645 Township Rd. 215, Findlay
419-469-0415 | www.projecthope-equinetherapy.org

Project H.O.P.E. Equine Assisted Therapies seeks to enhance the quality of life for people dealing with emotional, physical or behavioral challenges through innovative equestrian activities. They combine traditional therapy with the healing touch of horses. Their sessions for people with disabilities help individuals learn how to deal with change, sensory integration issues, and how to transition from one activity to the next.


YWCAnwo.org | admintoledo2@ywcanwo.org
1018 Jefferson Ave., Toledo. 800-632-3052

The YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) provides services to parents and family members seeking child care services, early education, and child care professionals. YWCA provides a wide range of services for families and education professionals, including referrals for child care, information about indicators of quality, assistance with various parenting topics, PD for educators, technical assistance for child care programs, and other useful services.


6393 Oak Tree Blvd.,Independence, OH.
419-665-3322 | ohioearlyintervention.org

Early Intervention supports families of young children, from birth to age 3, with developmental delays and disabilities. If eligible, your service coordinator and team will work with your family to learn more about your family’s priorities and your child’s needs to develop a service plan. The team will provide support and resources to assist you in enhancing your child’s learning and development through everyday routines within your family’s home and the community. Early intervention is grounded in the philosophy that young children learn best from familiar people in comfortable settings.