Nisonger Center

Thank you for your interest in the 2021 Nisonger Center Update, hosted by Marc J. Tassé, PhD, Director of the Nisonger Center – UCEDD, on December 7th, 2021. Please enjoy this recording of the event along with additional information about our programs and how you can get involved.


To learn more about The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, click here. If you’re interested in supporting the program, contact or click here.


ACE! & Aspirations

Developed on Strengths-based and Solution-focused modalities utilizing a person-in-environment perspective to individualize and allow participants a safe environment to grow and enhance communication strategies; the Ace! and Aspirations programs provide services for teens and young adults with social communication challenges or autism spectrum disorder, an underserved population. With few organizations in central Ohio providing services for individuals who do not qualify for Franklin County Board of Developmental Disability funding, many must pay out of pocket or participate through donor-supported program scholarships.

Here is Brandon’s story. Thank you for believing in us!


The Nisonger Early Learning Program

The Nisonger Early Learning Program (NELP) provides a variety of services and supports for children ages birth to five and their caregivers. Our inclusive childcare provides daily care for both children with and without disabilities. Early intervention services focus on supporting children to meet individualized goals in their daily lives. Finally, our community outreach services involve providing training, consultation, and support to other childcare and early intervention providers around the state. In the coming years, we plan to focus on increasing affordability for families, expanding to offer new services, and finding new ways to integrate services to provide the highest quality care for young children with disabilities and their families.

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Smart Home Discovery Place

“For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.”

The Smart Home Discovery Place (SHDP) connects individuals with intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders, their family members and support providers with resources, guiding them in awareness and understanding through demonstration of various cutting-edge smart home technologies that may be a viable solution for their everyday support needs and might help them to live with greater independence.

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About Us

Mission Statement 

The mission of The Ohio State University Nisonger Center is to empower and support all people with developmental disabilities and their families through interdisciplinary training, research and service.

Vision Statement

To cultivate an inclusive environment for all individuals, especially those with developmental disabilities.


The Nisonger Center values are the commitments made by our faculty, staff, and students regarding how we will carry out our work. Those values include:

  • Person/Family-Centered Approach
  • Self-Determination
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Equity
  • Community
  • Excellency
  • Innovation



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How you can help

Donate online

Make a gift online to support the work of the Nisonger Center

Donate by Mail

The James/Wexner Medical Center Development Office
c/o The OSU Foundation
PO Box 710811
Columbus, OH 43271-0811

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