FREE OR LOW COST LEGAL SERVICES

The agencies listed offer a variety of services including information and consultation on
legal rights. Some agencies refer clients to another agency or individual attorney for
actual legal services. In most cases, legal rights consultation services are available at no
cost to people with disabilities and their families.

Legal representation by an attorney at a school-parent conference, an impartial due
process hearing, or trial in a civil court will involve some cost to the user. Attorney’s
fees vary according to the income level of the user or their family. The significance and
legal precedence of the issue may determine whether the agent will accept the case and
may determine the amount of the fee. Depending on the issue and jurisdiction of the
legal process used, attorneys’ fees and costs of hearings and litigation may be recovered
by the parent or disabled person if they are the “prevailing” party if so ordered by a court.

The Housing Advocates, Inc.                     The staff of this agency are willing to
3655 Prospect Ave., East                        provide free legal advice to people with
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2703                      disabilities and their families. Additional
(216) 391-5444                                  legal services may be negotiated.
                                                Specializes in housing issues.
The Ohio Legal Rights Service                   A state funded legal service which has
8 East Long Street                              statewide interest in cases involving
Columbus, Ohio 43215-2999                       persons with developmental disabilities.
(614) 728-2553; (614) 466-7264 or               Staff will offer free legal advice and may
(800) 282-9181                                  refer inquiries to other lawyers. When
                                                appropriate, the agency will represent a
American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio          Cases must meet specific criteria to be
1266 West Sixth Street, #200                    represented by the ACLU.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
FAX (216) 781-6438; (216) 781-6276
Cleveland Bar Association                       The Bar Association operates a free half-
113 St. Clair Avenue, N.E.                      hour consultation service.
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 696-3525
Learning Disabilities Association of Lake       Provides free consulting and advocacy
County                                          services serving eastern Cuyahoga County.
37415 Euclid Avenue
Willoughby, Ohio 44094
FAX (440) 951-2650
(440) 951-0510
Learning Disabilities Association of          Provides free consulting and advocacy
Cuyahoga County, Education and Training       services
5360 Brookpark Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44134
FAX (216) 749-1137
(216) 749-0133
Legal Aid Society of Lake County              Provides assistance for civil cases.
8 North State Street
Painesville, Ohio 44077
(440) 352-6044
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland Main           Bar Advocacy Project, the Division of
Office                                        Legal Aid Society which takes referrals on
1223 West Sixth Street                        cases involving people with disabilities.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
FAX (216) 687-0779
(216) 687-1900
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Westside Office
3408 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113 (216) 961-6630
Ohio Protection and Advocacy                  Private, non-profit organization which
5350 Brookpark Road                           provides both systems and individual
Cleveland, Ohio 44134                         advocacy for individuals of all ages who
(216)398-5501                                 are disabled.

Center for Mental Retardation                 Provides free consultation and advocacy
1621 Euclid Avenue, Suite 514                 service for all forms of mental retardation.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(216) 621-4504

                     National Legal and Advocacy Organizations
American Civil Liberties Union            Center for Law and Education
132 West 43rd Street                      1875 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Suite 510
New York, NY 10036                        Washington, D.C. 20009
(212) 944-9800                            (202) 986-3000
Children’s Defense Fund                   Council for Exceptional Children
25 “E” Street, N.W.                       1920 Association Drive
Washington, D.C. 20001                    Reston, VA 20191-1589
(202) 628-8787                            (703) 620-3660
Education Law Center                      Education Law Center – PA
155 Washington Street, Room 205           801 Arch Street, Suite 610
Newark, NJ 07102                          Philadelphia, PA 19107
(201) 624-1815                            (215) 238-6970

Federation for Children with Special Needs       National Association of State Mental
95 Berkley Street, Suite 104                     Health Program Directors
Boston, MA 02116                                 66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 302
FAX (617) 572-2094                               Alexandria, VA 22314
(617) 482-2915                                   (703) 739-9333
National Association of State Directors of       National Information Center for Children
Developmental Disabilities Services              and Youth with Disabilities
113 Oronoco Street                               (NICHCY)
Alexandria, VA 22314                             P.O. Box 1492
(703) 683-4202                                   Washington, DC 20013
                                                 FAX (202) 884-8441
                                                 (800) 695-0285
National Organization on Disability              President’s Committee on Mental
910 16th Street, N.W., Suite 600                 Retardation
Washington, DC 20006                             Wilbur J. Cohen Building, Room 5325
(202) 293-5960                                   300 Independence Avenue, SW
                                                 Washington, DC 20201
                                                 (202) 619-0634

Ohio Coalition for the Education of              Advocacy organization ONLY – provides
Children with Disabilities (Main Office)         referral service and technical assistance to
Bank One Building                                parents, service providers, professionals,
165 West Center St., Suite 302                   and people with disabilities.
Marion, Ohio 43302-3741
(740) 382-5452

Ohio Coalition for the Education of              Advocacy organization ONLY – provides
Children                                         referral service and technical assistance to
With Disabilities (Cuyahoga County)              parents, service providers, professionals,
18403 Euclid Avenue, 2nd Floor                   and people with disabilities.
Cleveland, Ohio 44122
(216) 383-9356

Neither the Cuyahoga County Special Education Service Center (CSESC), the
Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, Ohio State Department of Education,
nor any school district or agency utilizing this list endorse or take responsibility for
information or services by the agencies listed. This information is shared as a public
service and is based on information provided to CSESC by the agencies.


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