Family Support

UCCEDD facilitates and leads a number of family support activities, workshops, and trainings on topics of importance to families of children and adults with disabilities. Health, education, and service systems can be extremely challenging for families to navigate. Below you’ll find more information on how UCCEDD staff identify these challenges and provide resources to families and information to professionals.

Celia Schloemer, Family Support Coordinator

What I do: Offer support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their family members in managing and understanding state and local systems, including medical, educational and community systems; provide community trainings for caregivers and professionals on advocacy and navigating service systems; provide 1:1 short-term support via phone and email

Areas of expertise: School advocacy (IEPs/504 plans), community resources, transition support, support coordination, Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome support, housing, transportation, legal issues, Charting the LifeCourse trainer, Ohio LifeCourse Ambassador

Population served: Lifespan

Contact Information: 513-636-4723,

Marion Cosgrove Rauch, Family Information and Resource Specialist

What I do: Provide 1:1 family support via phone, email, in-person meetings and community trainings on healthcare related topics

Areas of expertise: Family support, navigating healthcare, health insurance, community resources

Population served: Individuals with special health care needs ages 0-26 and their families

Contact Information: 1-844-644-6323 or 1-844-Ohio-F2f,,


Regional Transportation Workgroup in Southeast Ohio

This workgroup strives to improve accessible transportation options in the Southeast Ohio area. Family Support Coordinator, Celia Schloemer, along with other members of this workgroup advocate for accessible taxis in Cincinnati, improved coordination of transportation resources, and finding creative solutions to unmet transportation needs. For more information about this workgroup or to find out how to join, contact Celia Schloemer at or (513) 636-4723.



Family caregivers identify respite, or short-term breaks from caregiving responsibilities, as an important form of family support. UCCEDD has created an in-depth online resource to identify types of respite, how to pay for respite, types of providers, and respite resources. A brochure is also available.