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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, Suite 300, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181
disabilityrightsohio.org

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. Legal Aid attorneys may be able to help you with the following types of cases or legal problems: consumer law, family law, housing, foreclosure, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax, veterans, education and “Brief Advice” clinics.

  • Columbus Office: (serves Franklin and Madison county)
    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: (serves Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union county)
    150 Oak Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 383-2161 or (888) 301-2411 Toll-free

columbuslegalaid.org

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)

Provides information and resources for parents of children with disabilities; parents can call to get one-on-one assistance. They offers resources for parents of children with disabilities and parents can call to get one-to-one assistance.
165 West Center Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
(740) 382-5452
ocecd.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 Department of Education (ODE) English Learners

This site has resources for students whose primary or home language is other than English who need special language assistance in order to effectively participate in school instructional programs. Lau Resource Center for English Learners ensures that students in Ohio with limited English proficiency receive the same education opportunities as their English-speaking peers.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 446-4109
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/English-Learners
Lau Resource Center: education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/English-Learners/Lau-Resource-Center

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) McKinney-Vento Homeless Children & Youth Program

Protects the rights of homeless children and ensures that homeless youth have access to free and appropriate public education. The website provides resources and information regarding homeless children and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 387-7725
education.ohio.gov/Topics/District-and-School-Continuous-Improvement/Federal-Programs/Elementary-and-Secondary-Education-Act/Programs-Administered-Under-ESEA/McKinney-Vento-Resources-for-Awareness

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
redtreehouse.org