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Financial Resources

The Medina County Board of DD understands that all persons have the best opportunity to grow and develop when they are living in a supportive and safe place. Sometimes individuals and families need a little extra help for this to happen. We offer the following programs to help financially support individuals with developmental disabilities:

Family Support Services Program
This program is state-funded and is designed to keep family members with developmental disabilities living at home. This program helps families purchase necessary equipment and services thus easing some financial burdens on the household.

Supported Living Program
This program is a locally funded residential program that enables persons with disabilities to live in settings of their choice.

This program is state-funded and is designed to help individuals with developmental disabilites pay for services and supports. Waivers set aside certain Medicaid rules in an effort to provide an alternative to institutional or group home placement.

Adult Summer Camperships
This program provides campership funding for adults with developmental disabilities to use to attend the summer camp of their choice.


Here are a few links to outside financial resources for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. This information is provided as a courtesy to those we serve. Various outside organizations are responsible for content, administration and operation of these resources and inclusion in this list in no way implies endorsement from the MCBDD.
The Ohio STABLE Accounts
An ABLE account is a financial account available to individuals with a disability who meet certain criteria. An ABLE account allows individuals with a disability to save and invest money without losing certain benefits.

            Want more information? Click here for a video webinar about Ohio's STABLE Accounts

Local Resources - Legal & Estate Planning

The Different Needz Foundation

The Different Needz Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose primary mission is to provide special needs individuals and their families with money to purchase medical equipment, therapy devices, adaptive toys and/or services.
The Up Side of Downs Family Grants
Family Grants are made available to the membership of The Up Side of Downs to provide financial assistance which directly improves the life of the individual with Down syndrome. The funding for Family Grants comes from donations and fund raisers. Grants are awarded based on the availability of funds, which varies based on the amount of donations and participation in fund raisers
in a given year.

Stand Up For Downs and NEOPAT
Offers grants to help servicemen and servicewomen who have a child or sibling with Down syndrome. They recognize that there can be considerable expenses involved with caring for a person with Down syndrome from medical, therapeutic, or pharmaceutical expenses, to non-medical related expenses that are necessary to continue to enhance that person’s life.

Nickified Foundation
The Nickified Foundation’s mission is to provide help to the parents of special needs children, especially those coming home from the hospital for the first time. This help is to be provided in a variety of ways, with a focus on those needs not being met by insurances and other agencies. 
The Zane's Foundation
The mission of the Zane’s Foundation is to provide financial support to families of special needs children through funds designated for respite care, therapies, or other assistive equipment. The Zane’s Foundation will help families attain some of those unique things that the child with special needs should have to allow for a more productive life.Through fund-raising efforts and grants, Zane’s Foundation will provide financial assistance to families.
ACT Today! Autism Care and Treatment
ACT Today! is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism achieve their full potential. The ACT Today! provides grant funding for various treatments that help a family living with autism.
Midwest Council for Children with Disabilities
The Midwest Council for Children with Disabilities was founded in 1997 by a group of small business owners to provide financial assistance to children challenged physically, developmentally or cognitively. MCCD provides families of these children the means to pursue medical treatments and therapies that are not covered by health insurance.
Community Fund Management Foundation (CFMF)
Community Fund Management Foundation (CFMF) is a non-profit, tax-exempt (501c3) foundation that develops and makes available several types of trusts, educational programs, and related services  that enable individuals who are disabled (as defined by Social Security Administration criteria) to use private funds to enhance their quality of life while attempting to safeguard their eligibility for government benefits.
National Autism Association
National Autism Association announces Helping Hand Grants.  The Helping Hand Program provides grant funding for medical treatment, lab testing, medications and supplements not covered by insurance. Funding for this program is limited, and will be awarded only to families who are in dire need of financial assistance.
Income-Based Scholarship Program
This program will provide scholarships to help low-and middle- income families across Ohio to send their incoming kindergarten students to the private school of their choice.

Ohio Hearing Aid Assistance Program (OHAAP)
This program provides assistance to families with children (birth to twenty-one years of age) with hearing impairments, to purchase hearing aids, earmolds, and/or hearing aid batteries. Families with incomes at or below 400 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for the program.

Wadsworth Fish

This group assists by providing the residents of Wadsworth and Wadsworth Township with emergency and short-term financial assistance and support, including but not limited to food, rent, and utility assistance, regardless of family income level.

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