Advocacy & self-advocacy

By law, students with disabilities must be invited to attend school IEP meetings that consider postsecondary transition goals. With adulthood approaching, there are many choices and decisions to be made – from next steps in schooling to finding a job and learning to live independently. Here you will find resources you can use to involve students with disabilities in planning the transition into adulthood.

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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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
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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
Social Center: (330) 453-8776
Social Center: (330) 453-8776
Payee Center: (330) 453-4275
Payee Center: (330) 453-4275
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9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Improving the lives of individuals and families in Stark County who have been touched by mental illness through public education and information, family and peer support, advocacy, fundraising and awareness.
121 Cleveland Ave. SW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 455-6264

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.
School districts in Stark County

Contact your local school district about ways to engage and self-advocate throughout the education process.

Alliance City School District

200 Glamorgan St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-2100

Canton City School District

Public school system in Canton, Ohio. www.ccsdistrict.org
305 McKinley Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 438-2500

Canton Local School District

600 Faircrest St. SE
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 484-8019

Fairless Local School District

11885 Navarre Rd.
Navarre, OH 44662
Phone: (330) 767-3577

Jackson Local School District

7602 Fulton Dr.
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 830-8000

Lake Local School District

436 King Church Ave. SW
Uniontown, OH 44685
Phone: (330) 877-9383

Louisville City School District

407 East Main St.
Louisville, OH 44641
Phone: (330) 875-1666

Marlington Local School District

10320 Moulin Ave. NE
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 823-7458

Massillon City School District

930 17th St. NE
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 830-3900

Minerva Local School District

406 East St.
Minerva, OH 44657
Phone: (330) 868-4332

North Canton City School District

525 7th St. NE
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 497-5600

Northwest Local School District

Northwest local school district in Canal Fulton, OH. www.northwest.sparcc.org
2309 Locust St. S
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
Phone: (330) 854-2291

Osnaburg Local School District

310 Browning Ct.
East Canton, OH 44730
Elementary: (330) 488-0392
Elementary: (330) 488-0392
Middle School: (330) 488-0334
Middle School: (330) 488-0334
High School: (330) 488-0316
High School: (330) 488-0316

Perry Local School District

Public school system in Perry Township. www.perrylocal.org
4201 13th St. SW
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 477-8121

Plain Local School District

901 44th St. NW
Canton, OH 44709
Phone: (330) 492-3500

Sandy Valley Local School District

5362 State Rte. 183 NE
Magnolia, OH 44643
Phone: (330) 866-3339

Tuslaw Local School District

1835 Manchester Ave. NW
Massillon, OH 44647
Phone: (330) 837-7813