Community integration

Everyone should have the opportunity to participate in community events, social activities and shared experiences, regardless of ability. Learn about the employment, leisure, religious and social opportunities available in Stark County for people with disabilities.

Community & peer support

Arc of Ohio: Northeast Office

A source of advocacy and encouragement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
2717 S. Arlington Ave.
Ste. E
Akron, OH 44312
Phone: (234) 571-5689
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Fri.
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Canton Friendship Center

A community social center designed to provide safe and friendly peer support for individuals with physical and/or mental disabilities.
2200 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44709
Payee Center: 330-453-8776
Payee Center: 330-453-8776
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Mon.
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed.
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri.
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Down Syndrome Support Network of Stark County

Support, advocacy, education and resources for families of children with Down syndrome.
P.O. Box 1246, 2020 East Maple St. NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 361-0587

Philomatheon Society of the Blind

Helping individuals who are blind and sightless to remain independent and engaged in the Stark County community.
2701 West Tuscarawas St.
Canton, OH 44708
Phone: (330) 453-9157

Redtreehouse.org

Find resources to support the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of Ohio children and young adults.
Events & activities

Arc of Ohio Annual Events

Find upcoming social events coordinated through the Arc of Ohio.

The Best Activities for Kids with Special Needs

A collection of recommendations for after-school and weekend activities for kids with developmental disabilities.

Canton Challengers Baseball League

Separate division of Little League Baseball for boys and girls with developmental disabilities. Contact Beth Wurgler at (330) 413-0548 or Beth.Wurgler@gmail.com for details.

Stark DD Events Calendar

Learn about events throughout the year for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Stark County Board of DD Special Olympics 

Sports training and competition for individuals ages 8 years and older who live in Stark County and are eligible for Stark DD services.

Stark County Exceptional Olympics

This annual one-day fun day is available for students enrolled in multihandicapped classes through the Stark County Educational Service Center and Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Stark Parks

Our local parks system offers many accessible outdoor opportunities.

Visit Canton

Find details for upcoming events around Stark County.

YMCA Stark County

Visit your local YMCA for family-friendly, accessible events and activities.