Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism

Information and Resources for Ohio

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)

OCALI serves families, educators, and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, and traumatic brain injuries.

Based on a respect for individuals with autism and low-incidence disabilities and our belief in their right, need, and desire to achieve their full potential, OCALI’s mission is to build state- and system-wide capacity to improve their outcomes through leadership, training and professional development, technical assistance, collaboration, and technology. To learn more about OCALI, visit

Autism Society of Ohio

The Autism Society of Ohio is dedicated to improving the lives of all affected by autism in Ohio through information and referral, family support, advocacy, professional development, raising awareness and resource development. The Autism Society of Ohio is the voice for autism in Ohio, advocating for individuals with autism, their families and those who work with them in Ohio by working with all of the different state agencies and the General Assembly to improve and increase services. To learn more about the Autism Society of Ohio, visit

The following manuals and guides were created by OCALI and the Autism Society of Ohio:

I suspect my Child has Autism: A Four-Step Guide for Ohio Parents on what to do next
This includes information on getting evaluations, education, and services.

Ohio Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder
This provides an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Service Guidelines for Individuals with ASD, birth through 21
This provides basic concepts of providing supports for individuals with ASD.

Transition to Adulthood Guidelines
This provides guidance and resources for parents and professionals during the process of transition to adulthood for individuals with ASD. Includes sections on legal issues, IEP requirements, age appropriate transition assessments, employment, secondary education and supported living.

Choosing an Autism Scholarship Provider
This guide provided by the Autism Society of Ohio, helps parents sort the educational options for their child other than the public school, under the Ohio Autism Scholarship Program.