Mental health resource fair returns March 27

The Western Cuyahoga County Resource Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 6-8 p.m., at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. New this year will be a sensory area that will allow attendees to take a break, if needed.

With the Ohio General Assembly’s recent passage of bills requiring all public school students in grades kindergarten through third grade be screened for dyslexia this school year, families of children identified as at-risk will find a number of options for reading tutors, academic help and alternative schools at the fair.

In addition, with the prevalence of mental health concerns today, the fair also provides numerous resources for those experiencing anxiety, depression and behavioral problems.

March is also Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and this resource fair brings awareness to the many providers in the community who offer help to those struggling with attention issues and ADHD, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental concerns. According to the CDC, developmental disabilities affect approximately 1 in 6 children (17%) aged 3-17 years.

This free fair features more than 65 local providers including therapists, mental health professionals, funding sources, transition services, adapted summer camps and more for those 0-22 years old. Participants can visit with representatives from a variety of organizations to discuss services and explore program options.

Families who pre-register and attend the in-person event will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. In addition, the first 100 families who stop by the Connecting for Kids table at the fair will receive a free stuffed animal along with a disability awareness pin and bookmark.  

Families who have limited time can drive up to the tent in front of the Don Umerley Civic Center during fair hours to receive a grab & go bag of resources.

For a complete list of participants and to register for either the in-person resource fair or to reserve a grab & go bag, visit, or call/text: 440-570-5908.

Lorilynn Wolf

Lorilynn Wolf serves as the Communications Director for Connecting for Kids.

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