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