Hancock County Autism
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Blanchard Valley Center
1700 East Sandusky Street
Findlay, Ohio 45840
(419) 422-8173 ext. 1103

Hancock County Autism
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Blanchard Valley Center
http://www.blanchardvalley.org/

Blanchard Valley Center(BVC) serves individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities, including autism, that live in Hancock County. Blanchard Valley Center provides a number of services including service and support administration, early intervention, school, community employment and adult services. These departments work together to achieve our mission to create opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to learn , live, work and play in the community. BVC also has an Autism Specialist that is available to work with community members. For more information visit them at http://www.blanchardvalley.org/

Autism Diagnosis Education Project
The Blanchard Valley Center and community partners participate in the Autism Diagnosis Education Project (ADEP). This nationally recognized project teaches service providers how to screen for autism and developmental disorders with evidence based screening and diagnostic tools. The goal of this project is to cut the age of diagnosis and waiting time down significantly for families with children they suspect might be on the spectrum. However, the biggest advantage in participation in this initiative is the way children, who have a suspected developmental disability, including autism, are screened, diagnosed and referred for early intervention right here in Hancock County. For more information contact Tanya Pike, the team leader at 419-422-8173 extension 1114.


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Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow is the first place you should call if your child is under three years and you have a concern. Help Me Grow will do a free developmental screening for your child and connect you to resources within Hancock County. Help Me Grow is a Family & Children First Initiative and is NOT income based!


Hancock County Speaks Out

Hancock County Speaks Out
Hancock County Speaks Out is a self-advocacy group for individuals with disabilities. The goal is to help members understand their strengths and needs, identify personal goals, know their rights and responsibilities, and how to effectively communicate these to others. Members can learn to speak up for what they want by working together as a team and being active members of the community. Speaks Out emphasizes individuals with disabilities speaking out for themselves by making informed choices about their own life. The group meets the second Monday of each month from 5:30 - 6:30 PM, in the Blanchard Valley Center Cafeteria. Contact Rebecca Manley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Special Kids Therapy
Special Kids Therapy offers programs and fun activities for kids with special needs and their families. Programs include summer camp, opportunities for community recreation and a family fun day. Special Kids Therapy also has a Multi-Sensory Play room for children to enjoy. For more information go to the Special Kids Therapy website at http://specialkidstherapy.org/ >

Findlay City Schools

Findlay City Schools
Findlay City Schools offers a continuum of services for students with disabilities from preschool through grade 12 including those on the Autism Spectrum. These services range from full inclusion in a general education setting to a more contained smaller group setting to meet the needs of all of our students. We employ Speech and Language Therapists to provide direct therapy as well as consultation and occupational therapist to support the sensory needs and improve the skills of our students. TO READ MORE CLICK HERE
Visit Findlay City Schools Student Services at http://www.fcs.org/ss-special.html

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The Hancock County Autism Support Team
The Hancock County Autism Support Team was formed in 2010 in order to create and train a team of teachers and related personnel to might be available to district teachers as a resource. The Team is not there to diagnose or question IEP and placement decisions, however, information gained from the Autism Team’s assessment may be used by the IEP team to adjust or review the IEP. Contact for the team will go through the HCESC Special Education Supervisor. At this time the district will be asked to acquire consent from parent/guardian(s) for the assessment by using the form available on the HCESC website http://hancockesc.noacsc.org/Programs/AutismTeam

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Gliding Stars
Gliding Stars is a nonprofit organization that provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to increase their personal potential through development of ice skating skills in a regular program of instruction and practice in their own local community. Participants in the program provide an ice skating performance at the end of the season.


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The Hancock County Parent Mentor
The Parent Mentor Program provides the necessary support and resources to families of children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. This is a no cost service to families. In Hancock County there are two Parent Mentors one through Findlay City Schools and another through Hancock County Educational Service Center. Parent Mentors can provide parent to parent support. They can answer questions regarding the special education process and community resources. Click on this link and scroll down to Hancock County. The first name is the Parent Mentor from Findlay City and the second name is the parent mentor from Hancock County Educational Service Center.

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Centry Health
Century Health offers counseling to adults and children with autism and developmental delays. We have groups to work on social skills and changing behavior. We work with families to help educate them about autism and how to handle the struggles that go along with it. Century Health counselors and case managers work with the client on skills building, anger management, controlling fears, making good choices and getting along with others. Century Health also offers help with school difficulties. Please contact us at 419-425-5050 to speak to a member of our team or to schedule an intake appointment.

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Center for Autism Dyslexia
The Center for Autism and Dyslexia is a truly unique program for children and families. The Center based program provides a safe environment which gives children on the spectrum access to peers, materials and a curriculum catered specifically to their individual learning strengths. Our center allows families to become intricately involved in their child.

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