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The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit, §501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization of attorneys, advocates, parents and related professionals.

COPAA is an unparalleled peer-to-peer network dedicated to protecting the civil rights of students with disabilities and their families.

COPAA is premised on the belief that every child deserves the right to a quality education that prepares them for meaningful employment, higher education and lifelong learning, and full participation in his or her community.  The key to effective educational programs for children with disabilities is collaboration -as equals- by parents and educators. Access to quality representation protects student and parent rights and levels the playing field to enable full and meaningful participation as equal members of the child’s educational team. 


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 With over 1400 members nationwide, COPAA is at the forefront of special education advocacy. COPAA works to increase the quality and quantity of representation and ensure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected. COPAA members keep abreast of important issues at the state and federal level, and understand how federal laws, state statues, regulations, and court findings, in relation to the IDEA or on their own, can be used successfully to change the trajectory of the life for a student labeled with disabilities. 



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