About Us

Helping Hands Center’s 6th annual Golf Outing will take place Friday, September 11, 2015 at High Lands Golf Course in Pataskala. Click here for more information.


Helping Hands Center for Special Needs is a non-profit organization located in Columbus, OH with a mission to meet the educational and therapeutic needs of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Helping Hands Center approaches education from a holistic perspective and utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) which have been found to be one of the most effective treatments for autism. Teacher-to-student ratios throughout the center range from 1:1 to 1:3 and provide an unprecedented opportunity for learning. All students benefit from a range of therapy services in the center. More than twenty highly-qualified and certified therapists provide services to both the students enrolled in the Education Center as well as those who come to the Therapy Center strictly for therapeutic services. No other organization in central Ohio offers this number of therapies under one roof.


On Friday, April 24, 2015 at Raise Your Glass to Raise Awareness, Erin Nealy and Abby David shared the following: “Because of the exponential growth of Helping Hands Center over the past ten years; and, as we build a bridge to pave the way for a successful future for our students and clients as they transform into adults, we’ve been challenged to create a center that will support students of all ages, from toddlers to middle school and into young adulthood … and that looks a little bit differently than the Helping Hands Center of the past. Coming in 2016, the Helping Hands Center of the future.


The parents of Helping Hands Center for Special Needs share their experiences in this touching video conceived by the center’s PTO and produced by Brainstorm Media.

Upcoming Events and Activities

May 20
PTO Meeting, 1:00pm
Helping Hands Center Conference Room

May 21
Spring Performance featuring Seals through Blue Jay Classrooms
6:00pm, Helping Hands Center Gymnasium

May 22
PTO Parent Breakfast, 9 – 11am
Panera Bread, 4519 N. High Street

May 25
Memorial Day
No School or Therapies

May 27
Helping Hands Skate Party, 6 – 8pm
Skate Zone 71, 4900 Evanswood Drive, Columbus

May 28
Last day of school; 12:30pm release 

June 9
First day of Camp HHC for students

June 24
PTO Meeting, 1pm
Helping Hands Center conference room
Planning for 2015-16 school year and officer election

July 6
Summer SCRIP order deadline
Please have orders placed online and checks to school office by 9am

July 30
Last day of Camp HHC

August 3 – 9
Helping Hands Center closed; no school or therapies

August 14
“Meet the Teacher,” day – details TBA

August 18
First day of school for students (1/2 day schedule) – More info TBA

September 7
Labor Day
Helping Hands Center closed; no school or therapies

September 11
Golf Outing, High Lands Golf Course, Pataskala

October 3
Homecoming Festival at Helping Hands Center, 2:00 – 6:00 pm

October 16
Staff Inservice Day – no school or therapies

October 22
Practice Trick-or-Treat at Helping Hands Center
Time TBA

November 5 – 6
Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 25 – 29
Thanksgiving Break – no school or therapies

December 18
Staff Inservice Day – no school or therapies

December 21 – January 1
Winter Break – no school or therapies

For the entire year schedule, click and download here.