Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)
A project of the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence serves families, educators, and professionals working with infants, preschool and school-age children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and low-incidence disabilities – including hearing impairments, visual impairments, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, traumatic brain injuries and other health impairments.
OCALI's mission is to build state- and system-wide capacity to improve outcomes for individuals with autism and low-incidence disabilities through leadership, training and professional development, technical assistance, collaboration and technology.
OCALI seeks to ensure a high quality of life for individuals diagnosed with ASD and other low-incidence disabilities for their entire lives by providing high-quality information, products and services, including:
An annual Conference and Exposition - the nation's premier event in autism, assistive technology and low-incidence disabilities.
Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders – an overview of the world of ASD developed by Ohio parents of individuals with ASD who have a broad range of experience with interventions, resources and services.
Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with ASD – general information, tools and resources, activities and interventions and more to support comprehensive transition planning that leads to successful post-secondary outcomes.
Lending Library - a free lending library that includes books, DVDs and assistive technology devices.
Autism Internet Modules – a series of free online modules that present comprehensive information for those working and living with individuals with ASD – presented in a format that supports the unique learning needs of adults.
Additional information, products and services can be found on the OCALI Web site www.ocali.org.
OCALI is primarily funded through a grant from the Ohio Department of Education, with additional funding provided by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.