Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Protecting the Legal and Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities
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The Cuddy Law Firm is dedicated to representing individuals with disabilities and their families. The Firm is active in special education advocacy and litigation, special needs planning, transition planning, guardianship, Medicaid, and other administrative proceedings and appeals. Its practice extends throughout New York State, and has recently expanded to Austin, Texas, and vicinity. The Firm's attorneys are available to speak to families and to advocacy and professional organizations on issues important to special needs children and adults.
Chamberlain International School is a co-educational, Therapeutic Boarding and Day School located in Middleboro, MA. Students ages 11-22 in grades 6-12 and postgraduation transition. Located on a picturesque campus we offer programming for students from life skills through college prep. Highly individualized and supportive. Special education and content certified teachers; speech/language; OT; masters’ level clinicians; Psychiatrist and nursing on-grounds. Diagnosis include: ocd; anxiety; adhd; nld; asd; attachment disorder; bipolar; depression; and learning disabilities. NY approved out of state school as well as NJ, MD, PA,CT, RI, DC, IL and many others.
Founded in 1992 by Regina Skyer, for the sole purpose of advocating, mediating and litigating on behalf of children with special education needs, The Law Offices of Regina Skyer & Associates, LLP, has grown into New York’s premier law firm in this area of legal practice.
The Feinstein Education Law Group fights for empowering children with disabilities to become independent, equal members of society. We work with parents throughout Connecticut to secure high quality educational services for their children. And we work with groups of parents to organize a political force to compel the State and local school districts to provide strong educational programs. We also advise parents on special needs planning.
Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie provides sophisticated advice and legal services to dynamic and successful organizations through more than 3,900 locally qualified attorneys and 7,000 professional staff in 68 offices in 38 countries. Baker & McKenzie lawyers and staff are committed to providing service to the communities in which we live and practice. The fluent deployment of our worldwide talent, along with our shared passion to help local communities, allows us to impact some of the most significant and
complex issues in the world today. This is our responsibility as global citizens, and we are privileged to use the experience, knowledge and resources of our Firm to promote the values we share and improve access to
justice by all.
The MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning is dedicated to helping families secure lifetime care and quality of life for their dependents with special needs. The Center’s mission is to help families plan for the future of their dependents with special needs, including preserving government benefits and providing insurance and other financial solutions which can help provide lifetime quality care.
Based in Connecticut, The Law Offices of Jennifer Laviano, LLC represents children with disabilities throughout the special education legal process. Representation includes attendance at IEP Team Meetings, Mediation, Due Process Hearings, and, if necessary, federal court. Combining zealous advocacy with compassion and common sense, The Law Offices of Jennifer Laviano proudly serves clients in securing their Civil Rights.
Alpine Academy is an RTC for girls ages 12-18 with emotional disturbances. The model we use (Teaching Family Model) focuses on skill based development from trained and certified specialists to help our youth learn the skills to stop surviving life and start living it. We are accredited through AdvancEd and a certified NPS for California and Illinois. Our dual-endorsed teachers lead every class in a normalized school environment. Master's level clinicians conduct individual, family, and group therapy weekly.
Freeman Law Offices, LLC advocates for individuals with special needs across their lifespan. That includes but it is not limited to advocating for special education and related services in IEPs; accommodations in IEPs and 504 plans; Guardianships; Estate Plans; advising on SSI/Medicaid eligibility and advocating for adult services. The firm has offices in Princeton, Freehold and Cranford, NJ.
The attorneys at Reisman Carolla Gran are passionate about protecting the civil rights of children and adults with disabilities. The practice includes representation in all aspects of the special education process, including due process hearings and appeals to federal district court and courts of appeals; adult services matters, including class action litigation related to provision of adult services in the least restrictive environment ; and ADA and Section 504 litigation.
Monarch Center for Autism offers a comprehensive array of residential, educational and pre-vocational programs for individuals ages three through adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our degreed, certified and experienced staff deliver a range of therapeutic services intended to maximize each individual’s unique strengths and abilities. Monarch’s visual language treatment Model, which combines visual supports, technology and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), leverages the strong visual processing abilities of individuals with autism.
A Maryland law firm with extensive experience advocating for the civil rights of children and individuals with disabilities. We provide legal services and advice in the areas of Special Education Law, Suspension and Expulsion Hearings, Special Needs Planning, Juvenile Justice, Criminal Defense and Civil Disability Rights.
Batchis Nestle & Reimann, The Special Education Law Group, works tirelessly to protect the rights of children in Pennsylvania to education and to help families plan for a secure future. We work collaboratively with school districts to reach creative solutions for programming and placement to help your child prosper. Where a district is unwilling to cooperate and litigation is necessary, our attorneys have decades of combined litigation experience with complex cases and an impressive record of success on behalf of our clients. We also assist families with estate planning, including special needs trusts, public health insurance, and guardianships.
Heartspring is a not-for-profit day and residential school serving children ages 5 through 21, from across the country. Students come to Heartspring with developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, speech and language impairments, vision and/or hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, and multiple disabilities. Most of our students also have challenging behaviors that interfere with their academic progress. Our program focuses on decreasing inappropriate behaviors and increasing independence in communication and activities of daily living.
The Law Offices of David J. Berney, is a parent-side special education law firm. We believe in using the law to empower traditionally marginalized groups, to achieve transformative change through the legal system, and to promote social justice.We were founded upon the following three principles. (1) "We believe your family matters;” (2) "We will fight relentlessly for your rights;” and (3) "We get excellent results.” Every case we handle – from the smallest details of a telephone call to our court room advocacy – is managed in the context of these founding principles. We are zealous advocates, and we pride ourselves on achieving the absolute best possible results for our family of clients and have done so for many years.
The Glenholme School is an independent, coeducational, special needs boarding school providing a therapeutic program and exceptional learning environment to address varying levels of academic, social and emotional development in boys and girls, ages 10 to 21 in grades 5 to 12 and postgraduate. The goal of our school is to prepare our graduates for post-secondary college and career opportunities. For more information, go to www.theglenholmeschool.org/home/
Haynes Family of Programs Inc. (dba: S.T.A.R. Academy (NPA); dba: Haynes Education Center (NPS)) creates partnerships and resources for school districts, parents, and students with special needs by providing services through their state approved Non-Public Agency or Non-Public School. We provide Specialized Academic Instruction, Mental Health, Educationally Related Counseling, Speech & Language, Behavioral, and Transition services. A credentialed special education teacher or licensed therapist provides services on a one-to-one basis, direct to the student’s home, hospital, or school.
Bouer Law LLC is a law firm with a national presence that represents parents and providers in pursuit of health insurance reimbursements for children with disabilities. Often times, insurance-related funding is crucial to ensuring that children obtain much needed services that school districts are reluctant to provide. The firm helps families and providers access these services by optimizing claims submissions, appealing denials, litigating coverage issues and filing complaints with state insurance department. We also work closely with special education attorneys, advocates and families to help them negotiate and strategically use insurance coverage to optimize school district settlements.
Stratford Friends School is a Quaker elementary school for children who learn differently located in Newtown Square, PA. Stratford Friends School is a leader and a pioneer in the education of children who learn differently. SFS students are intelligent and imaginative, but find it difficult to learn in a conventional classroom setting. The school’s mission is to prepare these children to function successfully in a regular classroom. The school provides a full multisensory academic curriculum and a 6:1 student-teacher ratio. SFS is a school committed to diversity, peacemaking, social justice, and the recognition of the spiritual dimension of life. At Stratford Friends School, children with learning differences discover and celebrate their strengths as students and as individuals.
Professional Tutors of America, Inc. is a Certified Non Public Agency providing Special Education Services to children with exceptional needs. We are contracted with various school districts nationwide and an excellent resource for families who have been awarded Compensatory Services. Our Specialized Services encompass Academic Instruction, Educational Therapy, Transition Services, Language and Speech, Occupational Therapy, Educationally Related Mental Health/Counseling Services and Behavior Intervention Implementation/Design Planning. We staff Licensed Therapists and Credentialed Education Specialists who carefully focus on each student’s individualized needs.
Huntington Learning Center is the leading K - 12 tutoring and test prep provider with the mission is to give every student the best education possible. We offer programs in phonics, reading, writing, vocabulary, math, science, study skills, executive functioning skills, ACT, SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, Advanced Placement (AP), ISEE, SSAT, COOP, GED, ASVAB, and state tests. We have a comprehensive ADHD program. Each program is customized for the student to build the skills, confidence and motivation to reach the student’s goals. Our teachers are certified and we are corporately and regionally accredited. We have been providing personalized attention and proven results since 1977.
Saundra M. Gumerove & Associates, is a private law practice located in Jericho, New York dedicated to serving the Special Needs community for over 25 years. We focus in the areas of Guardianship, Special Needs Trusts, Estate Planning & Special Education law.
HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy is a day and residential school for students up to age 21 who have complex, multiple disabilities usually resulting from cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury or other neurological impairment. Our programs include special education, physical, occupational, speech/language, music, dance and recreational therapy, along with adaptive art. Emphasis on assistive technology. Support services include 24-hour nursing, social work, nutrition therapy and medical supervision. We are licensed both as an Approved Private School and a Private Academic School by the PA Department of Education. We also work with out-of-state school districts and their state Department of Education to explore agreements for placement and funding.
A results-oriented state, federal and appellate practice, we have successfully represented Pennsylvania families and individuals since 1981, in special education, higher education, disability entitlements, and the unique area of special education/disability issues in family law.
Law Offices of Tania L. Whiteleather is a law firm providing representation in IDEA administrative due process hearings, related juvenile court matters, District Court reviews of hearings, and appeals.
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