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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 and offer internships and fellowships.
2013 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006
(800) 840-8844 or (202) 521-4316
aapd.com

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)

A coalition of 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.
820 First Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 567-3516
c-c-d.org

DBTAC (Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center) Disability Law Lowdown

Presents videos in American Sign Language explaining disability laws and rights. Call the DBTAC toll-free information line to get informal guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible information technology.
1640 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois 60608
(800) 949-4232 Voice/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

Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, community integration, voting and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
200 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181 (Toll-free in Ohio only)
(614) 728-2553 TTY or (800) 858-3542 TTY (Toll-free in Ohio only)
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 (LASC)

Provides free civil legal assistance and guidance to low income residents and senior citizens of Columbus and Central Ohio (residents of Franklin, Madison, Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union counties). Legal Aid attorneys may be able to assist you with the following types of cases or legal problems: consumer law, family law, housing, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax, veterans, education and “Brief Advice” clinics.

  • Columbus Office:
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    Intake: (614) 241-2001 or (888) 246-4420 Toll-free
    General Inquiries: (614) 224-8374 or (877) 224-8374 Toll-free
  • Marion Office:
    150 Oak Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 383-2161 or (888) 301-2411 Toll-free

columbuslegalaid.org

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 (OACBDD)

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 (877) 644-6338 Toll-free
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
(614) 466-5205 or (800) 766-7426
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.
6155 Huntley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(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 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.
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 Voice 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. They also offer internships for high school students.
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