Many families have a need for legal advice or council for estate planning, guardianship and other services at some point during their process. There are multiple agencies that provide low- or no-cost legal services.
Researching health news, contacting your legislators, following pending legislation or getting in touch with a specialized group that will help you with your unique problems provide many parents with a sense of control and power. From specific diagnosis-based organizations to general organizations focused on supporting anyone with disabilities, you will find several resources for advocacy in this guide.
There are several local and national resources for legal support. Here are a few to get you started:
- Legal Aid Society of Dayton - Provides legal representation to poor and disenfranchised communities.
- Ohio Legal Rights Service - Advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio.
- Wrights Law - Accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Are you interested in joining with other parents and caregivers of children with special needs to learn and advocate together? Start with these organizations:
- Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) - A statewide nonprofit organization that serves families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities in Ohio, and agencies who provide services to them.
- Family Voices of Ohio - Providing Ohio families with information, resources and news about special healthcare needs and disabilities.
Featured Program: Miami Valley Medical Legal Partnership for Children
The Miami Valley Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (MLPC) is a partnership among Dayton Children’s Hospital and two law firms serving low income clients: Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO).
Because families trust medical providers and are often in regular contact with them, staff from Dayton Children’s are in a unique position to screen for legal issues and refer families to the MLPC before their problems interfere with their health.
Medical outcomes improve when families are stabilized — when appointments are kept, when health, well-being, and safety improve, and when recommendations are followed. Dayton Children’s staff can now refer patient families to an attorney as they would to a medical specialist. There is no need to be an expert on legal issues – staff only needs to be aware of when a legal specialist can benefit a family and make the referral.
Additional Resources at Dayton Children's
In addition to the resource center, we also offer the complete KidsHealth Library to help parents learn more about a specific condition. Information is given in easy-to-understand terms and in many cases available in Spanish as well as English.
We encourage you to explore and feel free to add resources that are currently not included by emailing FRC@childrensdayton.org. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact our MeadWestvaco Family Resource Center at (937) 641-3700.