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  • Developmental disabilities: early childhood

    Caring for children with developmental disabilities presents unique challenges. For children up to age 3, Stark County Early Intervention (EI) provides services for families to help children reach their full potential. Using a team approach, developmental specialists and therapists, who are specific to the needs of the family, work with caregivers and children to coach, teach specific techniques, and provide appropriate resources to parents and caregivers. Learn more about the programs and services available for young children with developmental disabilities.

    • Developmental disabilities: childhood

      For school-aged children with developmental disabilities, services are typically provided through specialized instruction in a classroom setting. Additional resources may include occupational, physical and/or speech/language therapies, nursing services and behavior supports. Learn more about the educational programs available for children with developmental disabilities in your home system by consulting your district’s special education department.

      • Developmental disabilities: youth & teens

        Beginning around age 14, is it important that families of children with developmental disabilities start the process of transitioning to adulthood. This includes activities such as age-appropriate transition assessments, setting measurable postsecondary goals and planning an eventual career path. Through support from the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, learn ways to set your child up for success and independence in adulthood.

        • Developmental disabilities: young adults

          The journey to adulthood can be challenging for anyone, and especially for young people with developmental disabilities. From securing employment and managing health care responsibilities to finding accessible housing and transportation, there is a lot to learn to ensure a smooth transition. To plan for success in the adult world, community resources are available. Learn about the advocates and supporters helping to empower young adults with disabilities in Stark County, Ohio.

          • Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: A mother and son’s 20-year journey
            I teach about people with disabilities and how Stark DD helps more than 3,900 people, including my son, living in Stark County. Read our story.
            • Guardianship

              Guardianship is established when a person with functional needs is no longer able to maintain control over their own decisions. Because this is a legally binding process, it should only be considered as a last resort. Explore alternatives to guardianship and learn about ways to protect the rights of Stark County residents with disabilities.

              • Applying for disability

                Do you feel that you or someone you know is eligible for disability services? If you are no longer able to work due to an illness, accident or injury, you may qualify for social security disability insurance in Stark County. Learn how to apply for disability assistance and get started today.

                • Developmental Disabilities Family Support

                  Caring for a child with developmental disabilities can be a significant financial and emotional challenge. Stark Help Central has gathered together some of the most common resources to help you provide the care your child needs. From transportation and child care to cash, food and employment support, learn about the resources available to you.

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                  • Financial support: developmental disabilities

                    People with developmental disabilities face unique challenges as they strive to build independent and fulfilling lives. If you or someone you know has a qualifying disability, there are many assistance programs and services available to help you support yourself financially. Learn about your options to help along your journey toward financial stability.

                    • Special education services
                      Every child with developmental disabilities has a right to receive a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment possible. Learn how school districts across Stark Country are supporting students with functional needs through a variety of educational programs and services.
                      • Stories of Self-Advocacy
                        Watch these videos from Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities to find out how young people with disabilities are advocating for themselves.
                        • From a Mom Who Knows: Celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

                          I love to take my children out of the house. Whether it is shopping, the park, going for a walk around the neighborhood, to church, or on an adventure- we are always on the go. However, as a parent of two special needs daughters, both with different needs, this can be a challenge. Having one child with physical disabilities means we must make sure the location is accessible and can be accommodating to our specific needs.

                          • 2-1-1 Helpline Transitions Resources to

                            In 2023, 2-1-1, Stark County’s helpline, transitioned to 

                            Closing the Stark County information system and online database—that was run by United Way of Greater Stark County—and moving resources to helps streamline the process for community members looking for resources and information.  

                   can help you find community resources available to you and your family. The searchable community resource website is supported by Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR),

                            • Employment resources
                              Whether you are a young person looking for a part-time job, a parent who is out of work or an individual with disabilities planning for independence, resources are available to help you navigate the job search.
                              • Transportation Services

                                For many Stark County residents, public transportation services are essential for their basic needs, including trips to work and medical appointments. Fortunately, local transportation resources are available to support low-income individuals as well as those with permanent disabilities. Find routes and more information for SARTA here.

                                • The Legacy Project of Stark Makes an imPACT

                                  Who We Are

                                  In 2015, The Legacy Project of Stark was founded by Eugene Lingenhoel. As he was delivering backpacks & school supplies at Lehman Middle School in Canton City, the principal, Jeanne McNeal, who is now the principal at Oakwood Middle School in Plain Local, asked Eugene if he would be willing to meet with some of her students.  Jeanne saw a need for her students to have a positive role model in their life and saw an opportunity to provide that for them.

                                  GiGi’s Playhouse Canton – Down Syndrome Achievement Center

                                  GiGi’s Playhouse Canton is fulfilling the dream of the Down syndrome community of having a location where individuals with Down syndrome of all ages have a place to call their own, where they feel safe and can explore their abilities through proven programs with support and celebration. Parents no longer feel the anxiety of finding a place where their loved one will be unconditionally accepted and offered opportunity to become their best of all.

                                  Each participant will grow with the programs at their own pace and interact with their peers in an environment of celebration and achievement. 

                                  4061 Bradley Circle NW
                                  Canton, OH 44718
                                  Phone: (330) 493-9114
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                                  Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities

                                  A Major Unusual Incident (MUI) is an event that negatively impacts the health, safety or wellbeing of an individual with developmental disabilities. If you or someone you know is experiencing a major unusual incident, call the 24-hour hotline to report the event.

                                  MUI Hotline: 330-477-4477

                                  The Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities exists to connect individuals and families with the services they need for health, safety, education and a high quality of life.

                                  2950 Whipple Ave. NW
                                  Canton, OH 44708
                                  Phone: (330) 477-5200
                                  Intake: (330) 479-3582
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                                  The Arc of Ohio: Northeast Region

                                  The Arc of Ohio is the voice of people with developmental disabilities, their families, friends of people with disabilities, and those who work with them. The Arc of Ohio is a grassroots organization which advocates for human rights, personal dignity and community participation of individuals with developmental disabilities through legislative and social action, information and education, local chapter supports, and family involvement. The Arc of Ohio can help with IEPs, getting services as well as support for inclusive education and LREs and waiver services for families.
                                  1401 South Main St
                                  North Canton, OH 44720
                                  Phone: (234) 571-5689
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                                  Kids Link

                                  Individualized education program for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities.

                                  899 Frost Rd.
                                  Streetsboro, OH 44241
                                  Phone: (330) 963-8600
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                                  Make-A-Way Drop-In Center

                                  Social, recreational and educational opportunities for people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities.

                                  227 3rd St.
                                  Massillon, OH 44648
                                  Phone: (330) 837-0650
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                                  Beyond Our Boundaries

                                  Bringing people with developmental disabilities together to set the stage for an active and social life.

                                  601 Cleveland Ave. NW
                                  Suite D
                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                  Phone: (330) 455-8111
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                                  Quality of Life Health Care Service, LLC

                                  Quality of Life Health Care Service, LLC provides care services for those with developmental disabilities in Stark, Summit, and Portage counties.

                                  2019 NE Maple Ave.
                                  Canton, OH 44714
                                  Phone: (234) 207-5944
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                                  Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA)

                                  Public transportation through 34 fixed routes and four transit centers. Special programs are available for students, Medicaid recipients and individuals with developmental disabilities.

                                  1600 Gateway Blvd. SE
                                  Canton, OH 44707
                                  Toll free: 1 (855) 887-2782
                                  Toll free: 1 (855) 887-2782
                                  Proline service: (330) 455-2292
                                  Proline service: (330) 455-2292
                                  Teletypewriter (TTY): 711 or 1 (800) 750-0750
                                  Teletypewriter (TTY): 711 or 1 (800) 750-0750
                                  Bus service: (330) 477-2782
                                  Bus service: (330) 477-2782
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                                  Help Me Grow-Early Intervention

                                  Concerned about your child’s development? Act Early!
                                  If you’re concerned that a child may have a delay or disability, it’s important to refer them for Early Intervention as soon as possible. Early Intervention can address all types of concerns, like crawling or walkingspeech delays, or social interaction like playing with other children.
                                  Early Intervention is available in every part of the state and to any eligible child,
                                  6057 Strip Ave NW
                                  North Canton, OH 44720
                                  Phone Number: 330-479-3448
                                  Phone Number: 330-479-3448
                                  Referral Number: 1-800-755-4769
                                  Referral Number: 1-800-755-4769
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                                  40 Developmental Assets

                                  The 40 Developmental Assets® is a framework consisting of preventative measures, positive experiences and qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring and responsible. These assets are protective factors that have been consistently shown, by research, to buffer youth from risk.

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                                  Ohio Department of Disabilities

                                  Start a search for waiver-funded service providers offering transportation, housing, day services and more.

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                                  Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

                                  Helping to support Ohioans with disabilities as they achieve quality employment and independence:

                                  • Customized employment plans
                                  • Education
                                  • Social Security disability determination
                                  816 30th St. NW
                                  Canton, OH 44709
                                  Phone: (330) 438-0500
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                                  Ohio Coalition for the Education Of Children with Disabilities

                                  The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) is a statewide nonprofit organization that serves families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities in Ohio, educators and agencies who provide services to them.

                                  Phone: (740) 382-5452
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                                  ICAN Housing

                                  Connecting people to housing, mental health services and community support in Stark County, Ohio.

                                  Need help? Click here for first steps.

                                  1214 Market Ave. N
                                  Canton, OH 44714
                                  Phone: (330) 455-9100
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                                  Direction Home Akron Canton: Aging and Disability Resource Center

                                  Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities (Direction Home Akron Canton) is a private, non-profit organization that helps older adults and people with disabilities thrive in the places they want to call home.

                                  • Aging and Disability Resource Center – Provides professional, one-on-one consultations to access to information on in-home care and community resources.
                                    • Meal Sites/Senior Centers
                                    • Assisted Living Waiver
                                    • Care Coordination
                                    • Ohio Home Care Waiver
                                    • PASSPORT
                                    • Acute Care Transitions
                                    • And More

                                  Call (330) 896-9172 or click here to learn more.

                                  1949 Towne Park Blvd
                                  Uniontown, OH 44685
                                  Phone: (330) 896-9172
                                  Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
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                                  Canton Social Security Office

                                  Provides federal disability and social security benefits to Stark County residents.

                                  301 McKinley Ave. SW
                                  Suite 100
                                  Canton, OH 43725
                                  Phone: 1 (877) 255-1509
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                                  Hattie Larlham Constant Companions – North Canton

                                  This day program for adults with disabilities offers social, educational, volunteer, and recreational activities.

                                  1402 Boettler
                                  Uniontown, OH 44685
                                  Phone: (330) 899-9067
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                                  Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children

                                  Dedicated child care facility for children with autism, down syndrome or other disabilities.

                                  1431 30th St. NW
                                  Canton, OH 44709
                                  Phone: (330) 493-4400
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                                  Meals on Wheels of Northeast Ohio

                                  Provides food donations to individuals who are homebound due to age, illness or disability, with no eligibility requirements.

                                  2363 Nave Rd. SE
                                  Massillon, OH 44646
                                  Toll free: 1 (800) 466-8010
                                  Toll free: 1 (800) 466-8010
                                  Local: (330) 515-5605
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                                  Stark County Probate Court

                                  When a person is unable to manage his or her personal estate because of a disability or chronic illness, a guardian is appointed by the Stark County Probate Court.

                                  110 Central Plz. S
                                  Suite 501
                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                  Phone: (330) 451-7755
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                                  Pegasus Farm

                                  Helping to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities to become independent, well-rounded, self-confident individuals:

                                  • Equine activities
                                  • Recreational programs
                                  • Social services
                                  • Vocational support
                                  7490 Edison St. NE
                                  Hartville, OH 44632
                                  Phone: (330) 935-2300
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                                  Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC)

                                  The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) promotes healthy development through family strengthening and early education resources:

                                  • Child care information and referrals
                                  • Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) kindergarten readiness program
                                  • Professional development resources for educators
                                  • Home and group-based learning opportunities
                                  • Developmental screenings and community resource connections
                                  • Car seat help

                                  Find a list of child care programs in Stark County here. 

                                  1718 Cleveland Ave. NW
                                  Canton, OH 44703
                                  Phone: (330) 491-3272
                                  Phone: 1-877-691-8521
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                                  YWCA Canton

                                  Provides emergency shelter to the homeless and tools to help them get back on their feet and become self-sufficient

                                  Also provides early care and education services to children that enhance their development and prepare them to be successful as they transition to kindergarten

                                  To be placed in housing you must first register with the homeless hotline by calling 330-452-4363

                                  231 6th St. NE
                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                  Phone: (330) 453-7644
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