We’re here to help

If you’re a person with a disability who lives in Franklin or Delaware County Ohio, the Center for Disability Empowerment (CDE) can help you find resources to live, learn, worship, work and play alongside people who do not have disabilities.

Our community-based, non-residential center is under your direction and guided by your choices. We will help you create an Independent Living Plan (ILP) with the steps and resources you need to reach your goals, whether they’re big or small. Here are a few examples:

  • Learn skills, such as how write a letter, interview for a job, manage money, or apply for benefits
  • Find services, such as transportation options, healthy resources, or personal care assistance
  • Defend your rights, by gaining access, speaking up, or working for broader change

CDE’s assistance is completely free for people with disabilities of any age.

Ready to get started? Click on one of the top tabs to learn more, or get in touch. We will be happy to hear from you!

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Micah Hetrick assists Governor John Kasich in signing Ohio’s Employment First Executive Order, March 2012

Micah Hetrick assists Governor John Kasich in signing Ohio’s Employment First Executive Order, March 2012

First Columbus Power and Pride Parade

First Columbus Power and Pride Parade


Special Notice

The 2017 ADA Columbus Celebration Vendor Fair, takes place Thursday, July 27, 2017, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Columbus Commons in Downtown Columbus. Nonprofits, business, government agencies tables…food trucks…and roving entertainment! It’s a great time for all! Nonprofits: $30, For-profits: $55. Access to electric and additional tables extra.

Let’s celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act together!

If your organization has yet to register, send us an email to receive information and registration material. Send to CDE’s Shari Veleba at: veleba.cde@gmail.com or visit adacolumbus.com.

Deadline to register: June 30, 2017.

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