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, Texas, and Ohio. 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.
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.
Since 1981, Newman Aaronson Vanaman has provided assistance to children with disabilities and families with members who are disabled. As the first law firm in Southern California to provide representation for children with disabilities in their struggle to receive appropriate educational programs and other benefits to which they were entitled, N.A.V. has been a leader in disability advocacy and litigation. Newman Aaronson Vanaman remains committed to providing services for families and children needing specialized legal services. Our attorneys, paralegals and support staff are actively involved in a variety of forums as they seek to improve the services children and adults with disabilities receive.
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.
MassMutual’s SpecialCareSM is dedicated to helping families plan for their dependents with special needs which includes preserving government benefits and providing financial solutions to assist with life time 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.
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.
Cirkiel & Associates, P.C. is a unique law firm that provides targeted advocacy and representation to students with physical, mental or cognitive disabilities to assure that each child, no matter where he or she is situated, receives a free and appropriate education (FAPE). Laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 establish processes for evaluating a child's needs and for providing an individualized education program (IEP) and/or "504" plans. Our attorneys and special education advocates are among the most experienced professionals in this area in the state.
Atwood Gameros LLP is a law firm passionate about providing educational opportunities for kids with special needs located in Dallas, Texas.
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.
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.
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.
Selene A. Almazan Law, LLC
Monarch Center for Autism located outside of Cleveland, OH
is a residential, therapeutic and educational program serving children,
adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum. Our continuum of services
includes a range of supports intended to maximize each individual’s unique
strengths and abilities to ensure that goals are realized. The Monarch Model is
an evidenced-based, visual language teaching method aimed at leveraging the
strong visual process abilities of individuals with autism. The Monarch Center
for Autism offers prescriptive and high fidelity programs for individuals ages
8 through adulthood with Autism and also ASD and significant psychiatric disorders.
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 expert K - 12 tutoring and test prep provider. Huntington helps students at all levels achieve results with personalized attention and proven results at accredited centers with certified teachers. Areas of instruction include phonics, reading, writing, math, science, study skills, executive functioning skills, ACT and SAT prep, state and standardized exam prep and specialized ADHD programs. The methodology is prescriptive diagnostic developing the skills, confidence and motivation to help give every student the best education possible, which has been Huntington's mission since 1977. Learn how Huntington can help at HuntingtonHelps.com.
AngelSense is the leading provider of GPS Tracking solutions for individuals with special needs. AngelSense protects them from the Dangers of Wandering, Bullying & Mistreatment. AngelSense is using a patent pending technology combination of GPS and Cellular technologies and delivers the ONLY GPS and voice-monitoring product, specifically designed to safeguard the special needs community. Our technology protects individuals with special needs from possible abuse, bullying and wandering-off. It is also proven to foster a feeling of independence and confidence while lowering anxiety levels. The AngelSense solution provides caregivers with peace of mind, knowing that their loved ones can always be heard, protected and found, no matter where they are. With unmatched GPS reliability and accuracy, we are now proud to be serving thousands of safer and happier families in the U.S.
For more than 20 years, Myrna Silver has focused her Texas law practice on assisting parents of children with disabilities for the purpose of obtaining appropriate educational services. Each case is carefully reviewed and analyzed in close collaboration with parents to determine the most cost-effective approach to obtaining desired outcomes. Because of her extensive experience, Myrna is known and respected by school districts and their attorneys, often resulting in the swift resolution of problems.
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.
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, Down syndrome, 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.
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