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Disability Rights Ohio

Advocates for people with disabilities in Ohio. Their website has helpful resources on abuse, neglect and exploitation, employment, benefits counseling, education, voting, and more. Rise Up is an interactive youth advocacy guide with resources for transitioning into adulthood. Most of their resources are available in multiple languages, including Spanish and Somali. Complete the online intake form for legal help.
200 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181
Rise Up guides: disabilityrightsohio.org/riseup
Intake Form: disabilityrightsohio.org/intake-form
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, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax law, veterans, and education. Their website also has a page of Resources with easy to read information on these topics.

  • Columbus Office: serves Franklin and Madison county
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    Intake: (614) 241-2001
    General Inquiries: (614) 224-8374 or (877) 224-8374
  • Marion Office: serves Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union county
    150 Oak Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 383-2161 or (888) 301-2411

columbuslegalaid.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
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education/Dispute-Resolution

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) English Learners

This site has resources for educators to identify and best serve PreK-12 students learning English. Find State guidelines for communicating with families, creating inclusive learning environments, supporting international/foreign exchange students, and more.
(614) 446-4109
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/English-Learners

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

Ohio Special Education Legal Clinic (Lawyers4Students)

Offers a free Special Education Legal Clinic for parents of students with disabilities, including free monthly workshops and individual guidance sessions. They provide parents and guardians an opportunity to meet with a special education advocate or attorney, to ask questions and discuss specific challenges related to education. Clinic staff members and volunteers will help guide parents and guardians through the special education process, provide resources, and secure special education services.
262 South 3rd Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 745-2001
lawyers4students.com/legalclinic

 

Red Treehouse

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


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