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Special Education Advocacy

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Special Education is another process which can be overwhelming to learn what your rights are and what steps you can take if you feel your child’s rights have been violated. It can also be difficult for parents to know if they should seek special education advocacy services or handle a contentious situation themselves.

Disability Rights has a fantastic free resource on the regulations that govern special education.  The resource is named Special Education Rights and Responsibilities (SERR) and is an invaluable tool.  The format is question and answer and gives the Education Code to reference where the answer can be found.  It also has sample letters in the Appendices Section to help you with your requests.

Special Education Advocates

Advocates for Angels
(909) 841-2600
http://advocatesforangels.com
Advocates for Angels provide experienced advocates/consultants to work with families to ensure their child receives an appropriate education to meet their unique needs in the least restrictive environment. Will attend IEP, 504 and SST meetings, conflict resolution and mediation, participate in team meetings and case conferences, conduct classroom and DIS observations, and work with families navigating compliance procedures. Advocates for Angels focuses on ensuring that children with IEP’s receive an inclusive education with emphasis on a transition plan that will prepare them for an independent future.

American Advocacy Group
2082 Business Center Dr Ste 235, Irvine
844-255-4477
http://www.americanadvocacygroup.com/
Assist with first-class, affordable advocacy services that benefit individuals diagnosed with developmental and physical disabilities and their families. Whether you are new to the process, or your family member has being denied a service by an agency, our goal is to take quality time to get to know you and your family, and to offer you options that will best meet your family’s needs. Provides advocacy services in the areas of: In-Home Supportive Services(IHSS), IHSS Appeals, Conservatorship, Educational Advocacy, and Due Process Representation.

Sandi Ames
parentscan@yahoo.com
951-351-6580
Parents CAN (Collaborate/Advocate/Navigate) is a special education advocacy program serving families who have children who require special education and disability services. Our focus is in assisting families to advocate for the services and supports necessary for their child to develop to their fullest potential. Workshops are also available for both parents and professionals on a wide-variety of topics, including Parents As Partners, the IEP process, and Legal Rights and Resources.
Specialties: Trainer, IEP Consultation and Support, Resource Coordination, Parent Support

AOTS Group
41593 Winchester Rd. Suite 200, Temecula  (951) 251-4437
29015 Garland Ln, Menifee (951) 667-3477
www.aotsgroup.com
AOTS can help you understand, develop and review these plans to ensure your child has an opportunity to receive a free appropriate public education and has the supports they need to be successful in school. AOTS can help you identify local providers to evaluate your child; can attend IEP meetings and more. Services all of Riverside and San Diego County, parts of Los Angeles and Orange County.

Brian Allen
(661)878-8538 (661) 942-8186 or (661) 264-7351
advocate_dude@yahoo.com
Educational Advocate with over 18 years of experience.

Peter Attwood-Special Education Advocate
951-897-1721
peter.attwood@hotmail.com

California Department of Education
1 (800) 926-0648
www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/fp/
Provides technical assistance information and resources for parents, school districts, advocates, agencies and others of procedural safeguards regarding students between ages 3 and 21 with disabilities and their educational rights. Online publications available.

Community Access Center
6848 Magnolia Avenue, Suite 150, Riverside (951) 274-0358
74-390 Hwy 111, Palm Desert, (760) 568-9301
550 E. 6th Street, Beaumont (951) 769-8539
www.ilcac.org
Provides the following Services: Individual Advocacy, Information and Referral, PARADIGMS, The Technology Evaluation Computer Center, Self-Advocacy” training, ADA compliance reviews, Mental health counseling in American Sign Language, Caregiver Training. Will attend IEPs or IPPs for Regional Center.

Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU)
4440 North 1st Street
Fresno, CA 93726
https://www.epuchildren.org/
844-445-0305
This is the Parent Training & Information Center for San Bernardino County residents only (TASK does Riverside County). Provides free services in English and Spanish. Provides free workshops (such as IEP, 504, Transition); telephone advocacy, and in person IEP clinics. Does not attend IEPs with parents. Can help on special ed and Regional Center issues.

H & H Advocacy and Consulting, LLC
2900 Adams St. C180 Riverside, CA 92504
(951) 977-9530
http://hhadvocacyandconsulting.org/
The goal of our organization is to provide each consumer with individualized support and information. Whether it be regarding the Social Security Administration, School Districts, or preparing to enter or re-enter the workforce, we strive to provide specific and individualized services to enhance their personal situation.

Hope Consulting and Advocacy
Linda Higgins
13657 Norton Ave Chino, CA 91710
909-525-0763
https://www.facebook.com/HopeConsultingandAdvocacy/?ref=bookmarks
Specializing in Advocacy for Special Education or we can work together on a consultant basis. We also provide Advocacy for IHSS services.

Sandra Marzullo, Special Education Advocate
985 Kendall Drive #193, San Bernardino
(909) 856-6418 or email marzullos@aol.com
Provides a number of services including educational record review, assessment request, parent training, IEP or 504 meeting attendance, assistance in developing goals, assistance in filing compliance complaints, assistance with regional center issues.

Samantha Morton-Special Education Advocate
(951) 595-6303

State Council on Developmental Services (SCDD)
685 East Hospitality Lane, Suite 125, San Bernardino
(909) 890-1439
www.scdd.ca.gov
Established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need. Provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities; advocates for coordinated, comprehensive community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance and works to ensure full access to these services.

Susan Moroff, Special Education Advocate
http://www.iser.com/moroffadvo-CA.html
(760) 727-2473
Serving San Diego , Riverside and Orange County California. Can help develop an Individualized Educational Plan to obtain social, emotional and educational goals, assessments in areas of suspected disabilities, receive services specifically designed for your child’s special needs and help determine the best placement for your child. Free Consultation.

Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK)
www.taskca.org
(951) 328-1200 Inland Empire
Conducts numerous Spanish/English Workshops FREE for Riverside County. IEP consultations. Members of TASK receive 3 free consultations.

Special Education Attorneys

Adams Esq
3895 Brockton Avenue, Riverside
www.adamsesq.com
Attorney Jean Murrell Adams opened the law firm of Adams Esq, a Professional Corporation, to provide high quality legal service at no cost to qualifying parents of children with special needs. Her own experience fighting for the rights of her exceptional child prompted her to dedicate her career to helping other parents. Adams Esq focuses exclusively on special education law. With locations in Los Angeles, Oakland, Riverside and Sacramento, these attorneys are committed to helping children with disabilities obtain a free and appropriate education throughout California and Nevada.

Amster Law Firm
1976 S. La Cienega Blvd. #353, Los Angeles
(213) 444-6028
www.amsterlawfirm.com
Represents individuals with special needs in special education and community services matters, including regional center and In-Home Supportive Services. Amster Law Firm is committed to a person-centered approach. Age, race, gender, income, educational level, and/or level of English proficiency should not determine which services an individual with special needs receives.

California Special Needs Law Group – Richard L. Isaacs
1901 Newport Blvd. Suite 350, Costa Mesa
(888) 900-0744
www.csnlg.com
Provides legal services at an affordable cost. Fills the void for families who can’t afford a typical attorney but who also do not qualify for legal aid services. Will educate clients on the IEP process so they feel emboldened and confident to address their child’s educational needs without an attorney in the future.

Disability Rights California
1 (800) 776-5746
www.disabilityrightsca.org
Formally Protection and Advocacy, Federally mandated, non-profit organization established to protect and advocate for the human, civil and service rights of Californians with developmental disabilities. Visit site for the online version of “Special Education Rights and Responsibilities”. Publications available in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Spanish.

Disability Rights Legal Center, at College of Law, University of LaVerne
320 East D Street, Ontario
1-866-999-3752
www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org
Free and low-cost education advocacy program. Services provided in English, Spanish, ASL and other languages. The Education Advocacy Program represents families of students with disabilities in special education proceedings, including Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) meeting, mediation due process hearings, and government complaints. We also provide monthly Education Advocacy Workshops to teach people about special education and an Education Advocacy Manual, a step-by-step guide to assist parents in advocating for their children.

Economou Law Group
536 E. Rowland St., Suite B, Covina, CA 91723
(626) 765-9607
http://economoulawgroup.com
Economou Law Group is dedicated to providing high attention representation to its clients. Free consultations are offered for all matters handled, including both educational matters and estate planning matters. Have extensive experience through cases with all school districts in the Orange County, Los Angeles, Antelope Valley, Riverside and San Bernardino areas.

Inland Counties Legal Services Inc.
(888) 245-4257
Offices in Blythe, Indio, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, San Bernardino, Victorville
www.inlandlegal.org
ICLS is committed to securing justice and equality for low-income persons who otherwise would not have access to the judicial system. Offers high quality legal assistance through advocacy and community legal education. ICLS is a non-profit 501c(3) corporation serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and receives federal, state, and local county funding.

Janice S. Cleveland, Esquire
5041 La Mart Drive, Suite 230, Riverside
(951) 680-9195
Specializing in advocating for children in or needing special education, including due process hearing, federal court proceedings & retaliation suits.

Jeffrey A. Gottlieb, Esquire
www.specialeducationattorneyatlaw.com
(562) 699-2412 (LA)
(949) 419-6196 (OC)
(951) 240-5610 (IE)
Offers special education services, adoption services for special needs children, Limited Conservatorship of Special Needs Adult, family law and vendor resources.

Law Office of Christopher A. Poulos
(626) 960-9373
101 N. Orange Ave., Suite C, West Covina
capoulos.com
Practice focuses on the rights of persons with developmental disabilities and their families.  He assists families in creating supported living arrangements, Special Needs Trusts, Conservatorships, Limited Conservatorships, SSI, estate planning, administrative hearings against Regional Center, advising on the ABLE accounts and more.

Law Offices of Liu & Naime
8291 Utica Ave., Suite 100A, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 941-4114
http://socalfamlaw.com
Full-service law firm practicing in the areas of Dependency Law,  Family Law Personal Injury Law and Special Education Law. Offers free consultations and have extensive experience in the area of special education law

Law Offices of Vivian McPayah-Obiamalu, Esq.,
14726 Ramona Avenue, 4th Floor
Chino, CA 91710
(844) 433-1242
http://www.vmcpolaw.com
Practices in a number of areas including Special Education Law. Services include IEPs, Mediation, Due Process, harassment and discrimination.

Mark Woodsmall, Attorney at Law
Woodsmall Law Group, PC
2076 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena
(626) 314 -6779
www.woodsmalllawgroup.com
Provides experienced, practical and sophisticated representation in matters related to the educational and community access rights of the special needs child.  Practices in the areas of Special Education, IDEA & Section 504 Claims, Rights Under the Lanterman Act/Regional Center, and Civil Litigation.  Offers free 1 hour consultation.

Office of Clients Rights Advocate (OCRA), Inland Regional Center
3602 Inland Empire Blvd., Suite B-100
Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 383-1133
As a client of Regional Center, the Clients Rights Advocate (CRA) may be able to help answer questions or refer you to another resource in administrative hearings in regards to schools, Social Security, Medi-Cal, neglect, rehabilitation, mental health, discrimination, Regional Centers, In-Home Services, private insurance, guardianship, abuse, day care, criminal matters, personal autonomy, and conservatorship and Alternatives. The Advocate decides which cases they will represent based on the merits of the claim, the ability to advocate for yourself, availability of OCRA resources, and other advocacy sources.

Rios Eubanks
516 West Whittier Boulevard Montebello
323-530-0560
www.rioseubanks.com
Speaks Spanish and English. Can attend IEP and 504 meetings, advise you of your rights and how to enforce them, represent parents in administrative procedures, mediation and settlement negotiations, and due process hearings. and State and Federal level litigation. Also provides consultation and advocacy services for Regional Center issues such as understand what resources are available, and help you get what you need.

Wrightslaw
www.wrightslaw.com
Online information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. A consultation with Pete Wright, Esquire available for a fee.

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