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Children with special needs

Includes the right to education and special education programs for children with disabilities or special needs.

What the clients may say:
  • "My child has a disability, but I’m finding it hard to access special education services."

Office of the Children's Lawyer

The Office of the Children's Lawyer represents children under the age of 18 in court cases involving custody and access and child protection, as well as in civil, and estates and trusts cases.

Record #: MET0854 Last Full Update: 15 Aug 2019
Names
Alternate Name MAG ; Ontario. Office of the Children's Lawyer
Former Name Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General. Official Guardian Branch (1995)
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
393 University Ave, 14th Fl
Toronto, ON M5G 1E6
 
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Intersection University Ave and Dundas St W
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible building including main entrance and barrier free washrooms * braille and lowered elevator buttons * designated parking in lot, close to entrance
Description and Services
Description (Service) Personal Rights -- legal representation of children under the Courts of Justice Act in custody/access matters under the Divorce Act and Children's Law Reform Act * legal representation of children and minor parents under the Child and Family Services Act, in child protection proceedings and Consent to Adoption matters * preparation of reports to the court under the Courts of Justice Act in custody/access applications

Property Rights -- represents the child's interest in estate or trust matters * provides civil legal representation for the child when there is no one willing and able to do so
Hours Mon-Fri 8:45 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility Children under 18 years in need of protective legal services in relation to personal and property rights * must be in court system already
Application Court referrals only
Languages English ; French
Service Categories Domestic/Family Violence Legal Services ~ Youth ; Guardians ad Litem ; Legal Representation ~ Youth
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-314-8000
Fax 416-314-8050
Website www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/ocl/
Primary Executive Marian Jacko, Children's Lawyer for Ontario

Ottawa Legal Information Centre

Offers legal information services, such as general explanations regarding the law and other legal topics, and is not authorized to provide legal advice or legal assistance.

Record #: OCR1063 Last Full Update: 19 Sep 2019
Names
Alternate Name Centre d'information juridique d'Ottawa ; Community Legal Centre ; CV19 ; Legal Clinic ; Legal Information & Referral Services ; OCR ; OLIC
Former Name Ottawa Legal Information Centre (2018)
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
85 Albert St, Unit 1400
Ottawa, ON K1P 6A4
 
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Intersection Elgin St and Albert St
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Partially Accessible - entrance only * braille elevator
Parking Pay parking lots * parking meters
Description and Services
Description (Service) COVID-19 (May 7, 2020): Centre will no longer offer its services in person for the time being * legal information services remain available by telephone at 1-844-343-7462 during regular business hours * offering public legal education presentations remotely through Zoom to its community partners * contact for more information

Legal information and referral services offered on a confidential basis * all areas of law * 30 minute meeting with a lawyer, who can offer legal information * referral service to specialized resources in the province * help to determine the required legal forms * offers pamphlets, resources and information tools prepared by various legal organizations * commissioning of affidavits and notary public services

The Centre does not provide legal advice or legal assistance
Hours COVID-19 Mon 1 pm-4 pm * Tue, Wed, Thu 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm * Fri 9 am-12 noon
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Drop in or call * with or without an appointment * to make an appointment, contact the reception by telephone and ask to add your name to the call back list (the call will be returned within seven business days) 
 
Commissioning of affidavits and notary public services: bring printed documents and two identification documents along with you
Languages English ; French ; Interpretive Services
Fees None
Service Categories Certificates/Forms Assistance ~ Legal Issues ; Crime Victim Accompaniment Services ; Legal Information Services ; Notary Public Services ; Public Access Computers/Tools ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Legal Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-842-7462
Toll Free Phone 1-844-343-7462
Fax 613-842-8389
Website legalinfocentre.ca/
Social Media Facebook Twitter
Other Details
Funding Federal - Department of Justice
Print Material Pamphlets * promotional leaflets * posters
Resources Website * print bilingual legal resources

Legal Advice and Assistance Centre, Law Help Ontario, Pro Bono Law

Serves people who are suing or being sued in civil (non-family) court, children and youth and charitable organizations

Record #: OCR1799 Last Full Update: 05 Apr 2019
Names
Alternate Name OCR
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
Ottawa Courthouse
161 Elgin St, 5th Flr, Rm 5027
Ottawa, ON K2P 2K1
 
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Intersection Elgin St and Laurier Ave W
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Parking meters
Description and Services
Description (Service) Legal advice * approximately 30 minutes per visit * civil cases only, no family or criminal 
 
Services provided for Superior Court and Small Claims Court cases: 
* explanation of the claim process (how to start a claim, how to defend a claim, considerations a person should think about before starting a claim, enforcing a judgement, etc.) 
* assisting clients in interpreting court rules 
* identifying the court forms a person may need 
* guiding clients in completing court forms 
* providing tip sheets 
* identifying strengths and weaknesses of cases 
* offering the use of computers and software to help create court forms 
* referrals to other legal services
Hours Mon-Fri 9:30 am-11:30 am, 1 pm-3:30 pm
Areas Served Ottawa (City of)
Boundaries Ontario
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
 
Individuals 18 years and older
Application Drop-in centre * no appointments
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Service Categories Certificates/Forms Assistance ; General Legal Aid ; Legal Information Services ; Public Access Computers/Tools ~ Legal Issues ; Small Claims Advisory Programs ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Legal Issues ; Volunteer Opportunities
Contact Information
Office Phone Toll free Legal Advice Hotline 1-855-255-7256
Website www.probonoontario.org
Social Media Twitter
Other Details
Funding Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 877524512 RR0001
Resources Website

Law Society Referral Service

Provides the name of a lawyer or paralegal who best fits a person’s stated needs. The service is not designed to provide legal advice or second opinions.

Pro Bono Ontario, Education Law and Children’s Hospital Project

Provides summary advice and/or representation to low income children & families that face challenges to their legal rights at school.

Record #: MET0621 Last Full Update: 18 Jan 2019
Names
Alternate Name PBLO ; PBO
Former Name Pro Bono Law Ontario (2016)
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Mailing Address 393 University Ave, Suite 110 
Toronto, ON M5G 1E6
Physical Access Not Applicable
Description and Services
Description (Service) Free legal advice, brief services such as phone calls, drafting letters or notarizing documents and possible referrals to local pro bono law firms and legal aid clinics * areas of law include -- child welfare, consent/capacity, criminal, education, employment, family, health care access, housing, immigration, social/income assistance (Ontario Works, assistance for children with severe disabilities, subsidized daycare, OSAP) and tax (Canada Child Benefit, disability tax credits/benefits) * partnership with hospital
Hours Vary by location
Areas Served Ontario
Boundaries Ontario
Eligibility Low income families of children being treated at the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kinds), Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Children's Hospital London Health Sciences Centre or McMaster Children's Hospital * means testing required
Application Referral from clinician (doctor, nurse or social worker) required
Languages English
Fees None
Service Categories Legal Counselling ~ Pediatric Patients
Contact Information
E-Mail info@probonoontario.org
Website www.probonoontario.org

Justice for Children & Youth

(Toronto) Represents & advocates for youth re:  welfare, education, Children’s Aid, getting off the street, family matters, and criminal law,

Record #: MET0177 Last Full Update: 16 Jul 2019
Names
Alternate Name Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law ; CV19 ; Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law ; JFCY ; Street Youth Legal Services ; SYLS
Notes
Public Comments Accepts collect calls
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
55 University Ave, 15th Fl
Toronto, ON M5J 2H7
 
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Intersection University Ave and King St W
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Dedicated accessible washroom with all features ; Elevator with braille features
Description and Services
Description (Service) COVID19 -- services available by phone

Community legal clinic * legal representation in the many areas of law including residential care, education, criminal matters, child welfare, human rights and constitutional law, financial assistance or support and leaving home * legal information and assistance to youth, professionals and community groups * also to parents for some issues * community development and outreach * advocacy * public resource centre * seminars * accepts collect calls * funded by Legal Aid Ontario

Street Youth Legal Services (SYLS) -- legal advice and outreach to street-involved youth at shelters and youth services
Hours COVID19 -- services available by phone * call 416-920-1633 or toll free 1-866-999-5329

Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Boundaries Ontario
Eligibility Children and youth 17 years and under * their parents only for special education matters * must meet financial eligibility guidelines * clients must sign retainer * Street Youth Legal Services -- homeless youth 16-24 years
Application By telephone only
Languages English ; Interpretive Services
Fees Services -- free * clients may be required to pay court costs
Service Categories Community Legal Clinics ; General Legal Aid ~ Youth ; Legal Counselling ~ Youth ; Legal Information Services ~ Youth Issues ; Legal Representation ~ Youth ; School System Advocacy ; Street Outreach Programs ~ Youth ~ Legal Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-920-1633
Toll Free Phone 1-866-999-5329 ; 1-866-999-JFCY
Fax 416-920-5855
E-Mail info@jfcy.org
Website www.jfcy.org
Primary Contact Karien Gibson, Office Manager
Alternate Contact Athena Caldarola, Community Development Worker and Law Clerk
Primary Executive Mary Birdsell, Executive Director

Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children & Youth

The advocates receive and respond to concerns from children, youth and families who are seeking or receiving services under the Child and Family Services Act and the Education Act (Provincial and D

Record #: MET5378 Last Full Update: 26 Jun 2020
Names
Alternate Name Advocate's Office ; CV19 ; Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth ; Ontario Child and Youth Unit ; Ontario Youth Advocate
Former Name Ontario Child Advocate (2019) ; Ontario. Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Office of Child and Family Service Advocacy (2007)
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
401 Bay St, Suite 2200
Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4
 
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Intersection Bay St and Queen St W
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance * easy access to elevator
Description and Services
Description (Service) COVID-19 -- office and phone lines are currently closed; complaints may be made using online complaint form on website, or via email to info@ombudsman.on.ca

Children and Youth Unit will respond to calls from children and youth in care

Protects the rights and interests of children and youth * mediates complaints * identifies systemic problems affecting youth * advises ministries of gaps in service delivery * investigates individual and systemic complaints concerning a child or group of children receiving services from a Children’s Aid Society (CAS) or residential licensee where a CAS is the placing agency, and makes service improvement recommendations * reports directly to the Ontario Legislature
Hours COVID-19 -- Office and phone lines currently closed; complaints may be sent using online complaint form or by email to info@ombudsman.on.ca

Regular hours Mon-Fri 9 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Boundaries Ontario
Eligibility Children, youth and families receiving or seeking services under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act and the Education Act (Provincial and Demonstration Schools)
Application Self referral
Languages English ; French ; American Sign Language (ASL) ; Interpretive Services - interpretation and translation available upon request ; Primary language of service is English, with assistance provided in other languages noted
Fees None
Service Categories Children's Rights Groups ; Individual Advocacy ~ Youth ~ Government Services Issues ; Issue Advocacy ~ Youth Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-325-5669
Toll Free Phone Ontario wide 1-800-263-2841
TTY Phone 416-325-2648
Fax 416-325-5681
E-Mail cy-ej@ombudsman.on.ca
Website www.ombudsman.on.ca/what-we-do/topics/children-youth

Reach Canada

Educates and informs persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensures that quality legal and social

Record #: OCR1591 Last Full Update: 22 Jan 2020
Names
Alternate Name CV19 ; OCR
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
312 Parkdale Ave
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4X5
 
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Intersection Parkdale Ave and Scott St
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Free parking
Description and Services
Description (Service) COVID-19 (May 4, 2020): Reach's Legal Referral program is accepting calls from clients with disabilities in Ottawa and the Champlain region who require legal assistance * referrals made to legal resources will now be in the form of telephone or videoconference meetings * Reach’s Legal Referral team will be working remotely until further notice * response time may be impacted by these new working arrangements

Dedicated to educating and informing persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensuring that quality legal and social representation are provided

The Centre provides speakers to groups and educational programs * lawyer referral services for people with disabilities through a network of lawyers who volunteer
Hours COVID-19 Mon-Thu 9 am-2 pm
Areas Served Ottawa (City of)
Eligibility Persons with disabilities and family members, lawyers, mediators and the general public * anyone interested in the rights and interests of persons with disabilities
Application Call or visit the website to apply
Languages English ; French ; French lawyers are available
Fees None
Service Categories Disability Associations ; Disability Awareness Programs ; Disability Rights Groups ; Legal Assistance Referral Services ~ Disabilities Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-236-6636
Toll Free Phone 1-888-669-4001
E-Mail reach@reach.ca
Website www.reach.ca
Social Media Facebook Twitter
Other Details
Established 1981
Funding Fundraising ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 107889297 RR0001
Elections The Board of Directors is elected.
Resources Website

ARCH Disability Law Centre

Community legal aid clinic for persons with disabilities including consumers of health, social or special education services.

Record #: MET0017 Last Full Update: 25 Oct 2019
Names
Alternate Name CV19 ; Disability Law Centre
Former Name Advocacy Resource Centre for the Handicapped (ARCH) (1996) ; ARCH: A Legal Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities (2005)
Notes
Public Comments Collect calls accepted
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
55 University Ave, 15th Fl
Toronto, ON M5J 2H7
 
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Intersection University Ave and King St W
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Dedicated accessible washroom with all features ; Elevator with braille features
Description and Services
Description (Service) COVID19 -- office closed but staff working remotely * call or email, no access to TTY

Community legal clinic

Summary Advice and Referral -- confidential advice and information related to disability issues * telephone service * limited representation in test case litigation * representation for individuals in priority cases * collect calls accepted * public speaking * law reform initiatives * adaptive technology workstations for Internet access, Monday-Friday 10 am-4 pm * electronic newsletter * funded by Legal Aid Ontario
Hours COVID19 -- office closed but staff working remotely * call or email, no access to TTY

Mon-Fri 9 am-1 pm, 2 pm-5 pm; no intake on Thursdays
Areas Served Ontario
Boundaries Ontario
Eligibility People with disabilities * must meet financial and case eligibility guidelines
Application Call to speak with Intake Coordinator and Human Rights Worker
Languages English ; American Sign Language (ASL) - (interpreters by appointment) ; interpreters available in other languages by appointment
Fees None
Service Categories Community Legal Clinics ; Legal Counselling ~ People With Disabilities ; Legal Information Services ~ Disabilities Issues ; Legal Representation ~ People With Disabilities ; Legislative Advocacy ~ Disabilities Issues ; Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Disabilities ; Public Internet Access Sites ~ People With Disabilities
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-482-8255
Toll Free Phone 1-866-482-2724
TTY Phone 416-482-1254 ; 1-866-482-2728
Fax 416-482-2981 ; 1-866-881-2723
E-Mail archintake@lao.on.ca
Website www.archdisabilitylaw.ca
Social Media Facebook Twitter
Primary Contact Intake Coordinator and Human Rights Worker
Primary Executive Robert Lattanzio, Executive Director
Other Details
Funding Regional / Municipal - Community Service Partnerships (CSP)