State & National Organizations
We provide a list of resources that promote disability awareness, education and advocacy. Our mission is to assist persons with disabilities to be fully engaged in the Church and the community.
- The Arc of Ohio: The mission of The Arc of Ohio is to advocate for the human rights, personal dignity and community participation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We do this through legislative and social action, information and education, local chapter support and family involvement.
- Employment First Initiative: Ohio’s Employment First Initiative began in 2012 as an Executive Order, which established statewide collaboration and coordination, and made community employment the preferred outcome for individuals with developmental disabilities. The taskforce is charged with expanding community employment opportunities by reducing barriers and aligning state policy.
- Institute for Pastoral Initiatives – University of Dayton: The Institute for Pastoral Initiatives mobilizes the resources of the University of Dayton for partnerships with the Church that create and implement innovative pastoral initiatives designed to meet the needs of the Church and to articulate faith within the context of contemporary culture.
- Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (OACB): The OACB provides advocacy, communications, professional development, and technical assistance to all 88 of Ohio's county boards of developmental disabilities. They provide a host of services and supports to board members and career professionals in Ohio's DD service delivery system.
- Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD): Offering support across the lifespan of people with developmental disabilities, the Ohio DODD oversees a statewide system of supportive services that focus on ensuring health and safety, supporting access to community participation, and increasing opportunities for meaningful employment.
- Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS): ODJFS offers a wide range of assistance for Ohioans, including employment and training assistance, unemployment benefits, cash assistance, food assistance, child care, child and adult protective services, adoption, and child support.
- The Arc of the United States: The Arc advocates for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and serving them and their families. They work tirelessly to uphold a vision that every individual and family living with I/DD in the United States has access to the information, advocacy, and skills they need to support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
- Autism Speaks: Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
- Autism Society of America: Autism Society of America envisions a world where individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued.
- Faith and Light: Faith and Light are “communities made up of persons with an intellectual disability, their families and friends, particularly young friends, who meet together on a regular basis in a Christian spirit, to share friendship, pray together, fiesta and celebrate life.”
- International Order of the Alhambra: Through their social and fraternal work, the Alhambra enhance the quality of life for the intellectually and developmentally disabled and memorialize persons, places and events significant to their catholic heritage.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
- National Organization on Disability: NOD promotes the full participation and contributions of America’s 57 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life, focusing on increasing employment opportunities for the 80-percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed.
- Xavier Society for the Blind: Xavier Society provides religious, spiritual, and inspirational reading materials in braille and audio to blind and visually impaired individuals worldwide. Materials are free of charge thanks to the generous support of donors. They began in 1900 and hope to serve many more people in new and innovative ways for many years to come.