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Disability Rights Florida
This not-for-profit corporation is the statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in Florida. Any Floridian with a disability-related issue is eligible to receive free and confidential services. Services to qualifying individuals include investigations into complaints of abuse, neglect and rights violations, dispute resolution support, negotiation and mediation support, advocacy services, information, referrals and technical assistance.

Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association
407-841-8310, Option 1
Provides legal services for low-income residents, the working poor, children and disadvantaged groups with special legal needs in Orange County, Florida. Services for family law, housing law, consumer law and immigration. Also includes useful legal links.

Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society
Provides legal services for low-income residents in Seminole County, Florida. Services for family law, domestic violence, housing law, guardianship advocacy for disabled adults and children, special education, agency for persons with disabilities benefits and victim of crime compensation application. Also includes useful legal links.

Legal Services Corporation
This non-profit organization provides civil legal aid to low-income Americans. Search tool to find local programs.

National Bar Association
Provides a directory of state and local bar associations to help find legal representation.

National Disability Rights Network
State protection and advocacy agencies that protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities, particularly in hospitals and state prison systems. Search tool to find local agencies.

Guardian Advocate Training
This training program of the Mental Health Association of Central Florida is a four-hour certification course; the certification does not expire. Trainees receive a specific certification that allows them to advocate for an individual while they are Baker Acted. It includes patient’s rights, the rights of a Guardian Advocate, the Baker Act and related laws, medication and treatment planning and mental health awareness. The course can offer CEUs.

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