The Nisonger Center. "Making a Difference"

About Nisonger

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center was founded in 1966, among the first group of federally funded University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. We are widely respected for our interdisciplinary research, education and clinical services. The Nisonger Center is proud to be part of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Office of Health Sciences. We have a strong and dynamic team of researchers, clinicians, teachers, staff and trainees who strive to improve the lives of persons with disabilities and their families across the lifespan.

Recent News

New Playground Initiative

This year Nisonger Center is embarking on an exciting initiative to build a new playground for our Early Childhood Education Program. This new playground will span more than 12,000 square feet directly outside of our facility and cost more than $300,000.

However, we can only make this playground a reality for our children with your help. By supporting our playground campaign, you will be giving children with special needs the opportunity to learn, laugh and play in an accessible environment conducive to their development.

Upcoming Events

Build Your Disability Toolkit: A Symposium for First Responders and Nurses

Please join us for the Build Your Disability Toolkit: A Symposium for First Responders and Nurses, Monday May 11th, 2015 at the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center, The Ohio State University

First Responders and Nurses – Please join us for a day-long CE training to help you best serve patients with disabilities! Topics covered will include: communication barriers, service animals, American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, transportation/mobility issues, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), children with special healthcare needs, special needs registries, and more. The training includes a Keynote Address from para-rower and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Commissioner, Blake Haxton. Blake competed in the 2014 World Rowing Championships and has his sights set on the 2016 Paralympic Games. Other sessions include panel discussions with self-advocates and first responders, and presentations from Dr. Susan Havercamp, Dr. Betsey Benson, and Dr. Quynh Wells of the OSU Nisonger Center UCEDD. Deaf Services Center CEO, John Moore, will also be serving on the self-advocate/family panel.

This training provides 7 hours of CEU for nurses, EMS, and police officers and is a collaboration between The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, the Ohio Disability and Health Program, OSU’s Center for EMS, and OSU’s IDEA Studio for Healthcare and Design. $25 Registration fee covers 7 CEUs, continental breakfast, lunch, and valet parking voucher. Credit card and Purchase Order accepted.  An agenda for the event is attached.

PDF of flyer is located here: Build Your Disability Toolkit: A Symposium for First Responders and Nurses

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