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Legal Rights & Help

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

The country’s largest cross-disability membership organization that organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change. They do not provide direct services, but can refer people to someone who may be able to help.
2013 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 521-4316 or (800) 840-8844
aapd.com

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

A coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the independence and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
1825 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 783-2229
c-c-d.org

DBTAC Disability Law Lowdown

Presents videos in American Sign Language explaining disability laws and rights. Call the DBTAC (Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center) toll-free information line to get informal guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible information technology. Specialists can answer most questions immediately and will research and return calls on complex questions, if necessary. They may also be able to provide expert referrals for disability issues, which are not addressed by the ADA.
1640 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois 60608
(800) 949-4232 Voice and TTY
youtube.com/disabilitylawlowdown

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)

A national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities whose goal is to advance the rights of people with disabilities. Their website has information about access to healthcare, legal issues, special education, transportation, ethics and more.
3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, California 94703
(510) 644-2555 and (510) 841-8645 TTY
dredf.org

Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Services)

Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio for people who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill or have other physical and mental disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, voting, community integration, and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 282-9181 or TTY (800) 858-3542
disabilityrightsohio.org

Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund

Works to end epilepsy-related discrimination through education and increased access to legal services for individuals with epilepsy. They refer discrimination cases to attorneys who have agreed to provide some level of free legal services.
Columbus office: 3857 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(800) 332-100, press 2 or (614) 725-1015
epilepsy.com/get-help/legal-issues

Legal Aid Society of Columbus Child & Youth Law Program

Helps children (from families with a low income) with health, education, mental health and school discipline needs. They can help with Medicaid denials, IEP meetings with school officials, school disciplinary meetings, termination of disability benefits and children in foster care. They may also be able to help in situations of home safety issues, bullying, evictions, family safety and other issues.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 246-4420
columbuslegalaid.org

More Legal Resources

Are you trying to find more legal resources? Find more programs and resources in the legal services section of CAP4Kids by clicking below.
Go to CAP4Kids Legal Services Page

National Consortium on Leadership & Disability for Youth

Serves as a national youth-led information, training, and resource center. Their website has information about youth development, the disability movement and helpful resources. They support and promote youth and emerging leaders in the disability community.
4301 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20008
(877) 871-0744 or (877) 871-0665 TTY
ncld-youth.info

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

Represents the largest provider of legally based advocacy services for people with disabilities. They guard against abuse and advocate for basic rights. Their website has an extensive list of national disability organizations.
820 First Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 408-9514 or (202) 408-9521 TTY
ndrn.org

Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (OACB)

Represents the 88 county boards of developmental disabilities throughout Ohio and monitors legislation at the state and national level.
73 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 431-0616
oacbdd.org

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Dispute Resolution

Situations may arise where parents or other family members believe a school has violated federal or state law. The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) and Office of Early Learning & School Readiness (EL&SR) encourage parents, family members and schools to work together to resolve differences for free. The website provides information about mediation services and more.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-2650 or Toll-free: (877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education/Dispute-Resolution

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council)

Promotes community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.
899 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(800) 766-7426 or (614) 466-5205
ddc.ohio.gov

Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA)

Represents a statewide association of service providers for Ohioans with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Their online service provider directory offers vital information for individuals with developmental disabilities, caregivers, and support professionals. It is an extensive database of services arranged by category such as transportation, nursing care, childcare and more.
1152 Goodale Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 224-6772
opra.org

Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA)

Promotes self-determination and independence for people with disabilities and their families throughout Ohio.
705 Lakeview Plaza Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 562-1375
osdaohio.org

Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA)

As a non-profit law firm, they oversee several offices that provide representation to low-income Ohioans in 36 Ohio counties. They provide free legal advice to people with a low income throughout Ohio. Their website below also has a lot of information about local rules and regulations regarding adoptions and foster care, legal rights of teenage mothers and homeless youth, employment laws, protection orders, housing/public benefits, and school rights.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(866) 529-6446
ohiolegalservices.org

People First of Ohio

Has local chapters in many counties throughout Ohio, including Franklin County. These groups work on local issues. The statewide organization works with state legislators and builds relationships with other advocacy groups and state agencies.
1335 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 487-4720, ext. 116
peoplefirstohio.org

Red Treehouse

This online resource supporting the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children and young adults, prenatal to age 25. The website helps families find resources, organizations and events to meet their specific needs and challenges. Users can customize profiles by location (counties within Ohio), age ranges and topics of interest. RedTreehouse.org is a collaborative effort of Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and Ohio Family and Children First.
10415 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 229-5757, ext. 1126
redtreehouse.org

The Arc of Ohio

Advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities through legislative action, information and education, local chapter support and family involvement. Their website contains very helpful information about benefits, insurance information, social security disability insurance, tax credits, funding and other financial resources for children with special needs.
1335 Dublin Road, Columbus Ohio 43215
(614) 487-4720 or (800) 875-2723
thearcofohio.org

U.S. Department of Justice Disability Rights Section

The Disability Rights Section implements the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Their website has a helpful guide to disability rights laws.
950 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20530
(800) 514-0301 or (800) 514-0383 TTY
justice.gov/crt/disability-rights-section

Voices for Ohio’s Children

Represents a non-partisan statewide network of families, professionals and organizations throughout Ohio that work on public policy to make sure children are well-educated, healthy and safe.
33 North Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-5204
raiseyourvoiceforkids.org

Wrightslaw

Started by an attorney who has a learning disability, Wrightslaw has become one of the most widely known websites to help families with special education problems and issues. Their website has helpful information about a variety of topics, such as tips to help your child get off to a good start when school begins, Individualized Education Program (IEP) frequently asked questions, and more.
PO Box 1008, Deltaville, Virginia 23043
wrightslaw.com