Support for children with developmental disabilities

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.

Early intervention

Help Me Grow

Supporting first-time parents with home visiting services for children up to 3 years old.
6057 Strip Ave NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: 330-492-8136, ext. 1480
Advocacy & 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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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
Social Center: (330) 453-8776
Social Center: (330) 453-8776
Payee Center: (330) 453-4275
Payee Center: (330) 453-4275
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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

Help Me Grow

Supporting first-time parents with home visiting services for children up to 3 years old.
6057 Strip Ave NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: 330-492-8136, ext. 1480

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.
Basic needs

United Way of Greater Stark County

Instantly connect with health and social services throughout Stark County.
Hotline: 211
Hotline: 211
Hours: 24/7 guidance
Child care & recreation

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

Childcare Connection

Providing Stark County families with information and referrals to safe, quality child care.
703 South Main St.
Suite 211
Akron, OH 44311
Toll free: 1 (800) 407-5437
Toll free: 1 (800) 407-5437
Phone: (330) 376-7706
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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
Visit the website
1718 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44703
Phone: (330) 491-3272
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Head Start

Free learning and development services for children from low-income families, ages birth to 5.
3015 Mahoning Rd. NE
Canton, OH 44705
Phone: (330) 456-6218
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JRC Learning Center

Early child care services for children whose parents are working to further their educations.
2213 14th St. NE
Canton, OH 44705
Phone: (330) 452-8376
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5:30 am - 6:45 pm
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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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3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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North Canton YMCA Child Development Center

Infant and toddler care for families in North Canton.
315 North Main St.
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 492-2229
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Education

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
Visit the website
1718 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44703
Phone: (330) 491-3272
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Stark County Educational Service Center

Coordinating education, leadership and professional services throughout Stark County. Visit the Stark County ESC website for more information.
6057 Strip Avenue NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 492-8136
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Employment & transportation

Goodwill Community Campus

Employment, education and family strengthening services.
408 9th St. SW
Canton, OH 44707
Local: (330) 994-1443
Toll free: 1 (800) 942-3577
Toll free: 1 (800) 942-3577
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Handicapped Parking Card

Complete and submit the online application to your local BMV. View and download the PDF.

OhioMeansJobs

Serving Stark County employers and job seekers with access to all community partner programs, education, training, counseling and employment opportunities. Visit the website to learn more.
822 30th St. NW
Canton, OH 44709
Phone: (330) 433-9675
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SARTA Proline Services

Transportation services for passengers with ADA-recognized disabilities throughout Stark County. Visit the website to learn more.
1600 Gateway Blvd. SE
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 455-2292
Guardianship

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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Homeless & housing

Cedar Oaks

Affordable housing community for individuals with disabilities.
3538 Millvale Ave. NE
Canton, OH 44705
Phone: (330) 455-1905

Echoing Ridge

Subsidized housing for individuals with disabilities.
643 Beverly Ave.
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
Phone: (330) 854-6621

ICAN Housing

Housing referrals and rent subsidies for families, single individuals, veterans and those with disabilities.
1214 Market Ave. N
Canton, OH 44714
Phone: (330) 455-9100

Massillon VOA Housing

Section 8 housing for those with disabilities.
1308 Cherry Rd. NW
Massillon, OH 44647
Phone: (330) 830-1246

Park Place

Section 8 housing for individuals with disabilities.
1718 North Market Ave. N
Canton , OH 44714
Phone: (330) 455-9100

Stark County Homeless Hotline

Referring individuals to free community shelters and other local housing programs.
Phone: (330) 452-4363
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Hot meals

Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank

Network of food pantry and hot meal sites.
350 Opportunity Pkwy.
Akron, OH 44307
Phone: (330) 535-6900

Community Free Meal

Weekly gathering of volunteers from throughout the community who bring food to serve the area’s hungry.
Crossroads United Methodist Church, 120 Cleveland Ave. SW
Canton, OH 44702
Hours: Sundays – 1 p.m. until food is gone

Community Harvest

Excess food donations for Stark County residents in need. 
4915 Fulton Dr. NW
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: (330) 493-0800

Meals on Wheels: North Canton

Delivers prepared meals to North Canton residents in need.
7707 Market Ave. N
Canton, OH 44721
Phone: (330) 494-0366
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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
Local: (330) 515-5605

The Salvation Army: Food Pantry

Regional food bank offering free canned goods and fresh groceries. 
420 Market Ave. S
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 453-0159
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10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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The Salvation Army: Meals Program

Local food program offering hot, nutritious meals and opportunities for social interaction.
420 Market Ave. S
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 453-0159
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6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Stark County Hunger Task Force

Network of more than 30 food pantries throughout Stark County.
408 9th St. SW
Suite 1637
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 455-6667
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Medical health resources

Akron Children’s Hospital: North Canton

Pediatric health provider for children in Stark County:
  • Primary care
  • Home care
  • Surgical services
  • Clinical services
  • Financial services
6046 Whipple Ave. NW
Building B
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 433-1777
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8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Alliance Health Department

Improving the lives of Alliance residents through public and environmental health services.
504 East Main St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-3110

American Red Cross: Stark and Muskingum Lakes Chapter

Health and safety services for Stark County families.
408 9th St. SW
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 453-0146

Aultman Physicians Center Clinic

Aultman-affiliated office providing internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecological care.
2600 7th St. SW
Canton, OH 44710
Phone: (330) 363-6235

Canton City Health Department

Helping to prevent the spread of disease, promote healthy practices and protect the health of Canton City residents.
420 Market Ave.
North Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 489-3231

Canton Community Clinic

Medical services provided on a free and sliding scale.
2725 Lincoln St. E
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 454-2000

Canton Family Medicine

Residency-based, family medicine office caring for patients of all ages.
2600 7th St. SW
Canton, OH 44710
Phone: (330) 438-6211
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Massillon Health Department

Ensuring the accessibility of health services to all Massillon residents:
  • Preventing communicable diseases
  • Reducing water, air and land pollution
  • Health education programs
111 Tremont Ave. SW
Massillon, OH 44647
Phone: (330) 830-1710
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Mercy Medical Center Dental Services

Specialized dental care for people with autism, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and other conditions, including an accessible dental chair and fully mobile unit for wheelchair patients.
1320 Mercy Dr. NW
Canton, OH 44708
Phone: (330) 471-5950

Planned Parenthood: Canton Health Center

High-quality, affordable health care and education services:
  • LGBTQ+ services
  • Men’s health
  • STD testing, treatment and vaccination
  • Women’s health
2663 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44709
Phone: (330) 456-7191
Fax: (330) 456-9679
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9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Prescription Assistance Network

Providing access to affordable pharmaceuticals and health education.
408 9th St. SW
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 445-1087

Shipley Child Health Clinic

Community health service programs and comprehensive health care for children.
919 2nd St. NE
Canton, OH 44704
Phone: (330) 453-3386

Stark County Health Department

Serves the public health needs of more than 250,000 people in Stark County:
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Environmental health
  • Health education
  • Kids safety
7235 Whipple Ave. NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 493-9904
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Mental health resources

Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health

Services to reduce risk factors and increase resiliency:
  • Case management
  • Diagnostic mental health assessments
  • Medication management
4641 Fulton Dr. NW
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: 330-433-6075

Coleman Professional Services

Crisis management, mental and behavioral health, adult care and employment services.
400 Tuscarawas St. W
Suite 200
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 438-2400

CommQuest Services

Strengthening families through mental health and substance use prevention, treatment and recovery support services.
625 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 455-0374
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Ohio Guidestone

Providing counseling, support, advocacy and education with a focus on prevention and treatment.
401 Tuscarawas St. W
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (440) 234-2006
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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

Pathway Caring for Children

Helping families to build trusting and lasting relationships for a lifetime:
  • Individual or group therapy
  • Support groups
  • Case management
Pathway provides short-term relief (hourly, daily, or overnight) in a foster home or community setting for adoptive families who have a child with special needs. They also offer special workshops and training, support groups, and connection to resources for adoptive parents.
4895 Dressler Rd. NW
Suite A
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: (330) 493-0083

Phoenix Rising Behavioral Health and Recovery Inc.

Education, counseling, psychiatry and support for children, adolescents and adults.
624 Market Ave. N
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 493-4553

Stark County Family Council

Wraparound services for youth and families who have complex, multi-system needs. Visit their website for more information.
6057 Strip Ave NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: 330-492-8136

Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery

Funding for mental health and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery support services. Visit their website for more information about StarkMHAR.
121 Cleveland Ave. SW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 455-6644
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United Way of Greater Stark County

Instantly connect with health and social services throughout Stark County.
Hotline: 211
Hotline: 211
Hours: 24/7 guidance
Public assistance

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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Stark County Job & Family Services: Basic Needs

Helping individuals in Stark County apply for cash, food and medical assistance.
221 3rd St. SE
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 452-4661
TDD: (330) 451-8879
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