Provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and supports the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.”
ASL video explaining disability laws and rights: youtube.com/user/DisabilityLawLowdown/videos
The country’s largest cross-disability membership organization that organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change. They also offer internships for college students and recent graduates with all types of disabilities. 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
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
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, special education, transportation 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
Focuses on research and funding, political advocacy and education. They also offer resources for parents who have a child with Down Syndrome. Visit the website or their Facebook page to receive DSA updates and news.
PO Box 1596, Dublin, Ohio 43017
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
Application for Assistance: epilepsy.com/forms/application
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.
Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio is the official Ohio State Long-Term Care Ombudsman sponsoring agency, for the Region 6 and Region 8 Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs. The program advocates for excellence in long-term services and supports wherever consumers live. Ombudsmen do not regulate nursing homes and home health agencies, but do work with providers, residents, their families, and other representatives to resolve problems and concerns.
3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 345-9198 or (800) 536-5891
Represents people with rare disorders. They have programs to help uninsured individuals in getting needed medications, provide a list of support groups for people with rare disorders and information about rare diseases.
National Headquarters: 55 Kenosia Avenue, Danbury, Connecticut 06810
NORD’s Patient Services: (800) 999-6673 or (844) 259-7178 in Spanish
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. NDRN does not provide direct legal services or advice to individuals. Visit the website for contact information.
820 First Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002
Their website provides a lot of resources and information about Down syndrome and a free helpline to answer questions about Down syndrome.
Headquarters: 8 East Forty-first Street, New York, New York 10017
National Advocacy & Public Policy Center: 1100 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005
National Helpline: (800) 221-4602
Represents the 88 county boards of developmental disabilities throughout Ohio and monitors legislation at the state and national level. On their website they list information and tools for people with developmental disabilities, parents, and family members.
73 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Provides information and resources for parents of children with disabilities. Parents can call to get one-on-one assistance.
125 Executive Drive, Marion, Ohio 43302
Oversees a statewide system of supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Each county in Ohio has its own Board of Developmental Disabilities, which is responsible for providing early intervention services in that county. Visit the website for more contact information.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Statewide: (800) 617-6733
Main Website: dodd.ohio.gov
List of County Boards: dodd.ohio.gov/county-boards
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 developmental disabilities. Their online service provider directory offers vital information for individuals with developmental disabilities, caregivers, and support professionals.
1152 Goodale Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212
Helps people with disabilities, who are self-advocates, talk about their needs and rights with people in their communities. People First of Ohio is a statewide organization that works with state legislators and builds relationships with other advocacy groups and state agencies. Visit the website for contact information.
1335 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities through legislative action, information and education, local chapter support and family involvement. Their website contains 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
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
Talk to an ADA Specialist: (800) 514-0301 Voice or (800) 514-0383 TTY
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