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Henrietta Nwomeh: A Voice for Disabled Children

10/15/2018  -  Capital University Law School student Henrietta Nwomeh, L’19, has always wanted to work in advocacy for disabled children. As an extern at Disability Rights Ohio, she has a chance to use her passion and life story to make a difference.

At her externship site, Ms. Nwomeh extensively researches federal case law, and issues of representation and advocacy for disabled children and their parents. This issue also affects Henrietta personally, as she has a 12 year old son who was diagnosed with autism as a 3-year old.

“This is my sole reason for going to law school,” she said. “Simply put, there aren’t enough attorneys to advocate for the rights of disabled children in Ohio.” Disability Rights Ohio is a non-profit that advocates for the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disability s in Ohio. Henrietta’s portfolio includes extensive work on issues pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act, individualized educations plans (IEPs), and placings.

She also believes that advocacy for special needs children is especially important. “One of the reasons why I’m so passionate about working for Disability Rights Ohio is that I’m advocating for people without a voice,” Ms. Nwomeh said. “Children with disabilities and their parents are dramatically under-served by the legal community in Central Ohio.”

At the Law School, students with externships can earn academic credit for their work at one of more than 200 courts, administrative agencies, nonprofit organizations, or corporate legal departments, usually at sites located in downtown Columbus. Students work under the supervision of a site lawyer learning practical skills in real-life work environments.