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Diamond Sponsors


Baker & McKenzie. LLC

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.

Bayes Achievement Center

Bayes Achievement Center is a Joint Commission accredited therapeutic residential program and TEA-approved non-public school that serves the children and young people who are most in need, those with the most severe behavioral issues. At the heart of our program is unconditional care. We are committed to serve any student regardless of the severity of their behavior and once in our program we will never kick a student out for behavioral reasons. It's this commitment to our students that has been the secret to our success. We serve boys and girls, ages 6-22 with a variety of exceptionalities including students with autism, intellectual disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders. For over 20 years we've worked with hundreds of children and their families to help them have the best life possible.


Platinum Sponsors 

Mayerson & Associates

Based in New York City, Mayerson & Associates was formed as the nation's very first civil rights law firm dedicated to representing individuals with autism. The longstanding leader in the field, our firm has since expanded to represent individuals with other disabilities in both New York and New Jersey.


Newman Aaronson Vanaman

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.


The Law Offices of Regina Skyer & Associates

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.


Gold Sponsors

A2Z Educational Advocates

A2Z Educational Advocates is a team of special education attorneys and advocates located in Pacific Palisades, California.  Founded by attorney N Jane DuBovy, a parent of a child with Autism who decided after advocating for her own son to put her legal skills to work for other students and parents who needed representation in the special education process.  A2Z Educational Advocates represents parents in the Los Angeles area and throughout southern California.  The special education attorneys and advocates at A2Z are dedicated to helping parents obtain special education services for their children.  They A2Z team works at every level of the process, assisting parents with the evaluation process, advocating at IEP meetings, filing compliance complaints, representing parents through due process hearings and mediations, and pursuing claims in federal court when necessary.  The firm is a proud organizational member of COPAA.  Two members of A2Z's team are current members of the COPAA Board of Directors.  Carrie Watts has served on the COPAA Board since 2010, and previously served as the Chair in 2013-2014.  Mandy Favaloro has served on the Board since 2011, and currently serves as the Secretary.  Both are actively involved in various COPAA committees, and A2Z is a proud supporter of COPAA's work.


Alpine Academy

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.


CAPCA (California Association for Parent-Child Advocacy)

CAPCA is an all-volunteer organization that engages in legislative and bureaucratic advocacy on behalf of students with disabilities in California. CAPCA came together when school districts tried to push through changes in the statute of limitations and burden of proof, and successfully resisted. Members are lawyers and other advocates. CAPCA operates two listservs for mutual assistance. It provides occasional support with amicus briefs and requests notification about cases that are pending in the Ninth Circuit.


Cherry Gulch

Cherry Gulch is a ranch style therapeutic boarding school specially for boys ranging from 10 to 14 year old. A unique therapeutic environment is provided on our beautiful 200 acre ranch. We offer at least 10 hours of scheduled therapeutic services a week but much more therapy takes place as life unfolds and a therapeutic moment arises. Our therapeutic services take shape as creative approaches to empirically-based treatments and include individual, group, and family therapy, with experienced doctorate and masters level therapists. We also offer equine assisted psychotherapy and a wide variety of active experiential learning and therapeutic activities. Cherry Gulch is passionate about providing early intervention and prevention to help boys reach their full potential and become well-rounded pro-social young men. We are dedicated to providing outstanding academic and therapeutic services to students and their families in the context of a safe, supportive environment and work toward “Building Brighter Tomorrows for the Boys of Today.”

Copper Hills Youth Center

Copper Hills Youth Center is a therapeutic residential treatment center that specializes in working with adolescents aged 12 through 17 with behavioral, emotional, and mental health disorders. We also provide excellent education through our highly accredited private school. We offer academic and social opportunities for our residents to learn, grow, engage, and form appropriate relationships. At Copper Hills Youth Center we believe in the ability of an individual to change. Each youth has the opportunity to engage in treatment that will help them accept responsibility, make appropriate decisions, and maintain healthy relationships and boundaries. Our highly trained clinical staff provides structure, direction, and modeling for our youth. Our adolescents are on a journey to learn the skills necessary to live a productive and satisfying life. Accreditations: The Joint Commission (TJC), Accreditation Division of AdvancED (formerly known as the Northwest Accreditation Commission), Licensed by Utah Department of Human Services.


Feinstein Education Law Group

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.

Freeman Law Offices, LLC

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.

Huntington Learning Center

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.

Kule-Korgood and Associates, PC

Kule-Korgood and Associates, PC is a private law practice located in Forest Hills, NY, that focuses on representing parents of children with disabilities in obtaining an effective education. Our staff has been advocating on behalf of children with disabilities for over twenty years.

Law Offices of Alexis Casillas

For nearly a decade, Alexis Casillas has represented students with disabilities and their families in educational-rights litigation at all levels, from administrative hearings to proceedings in federal trial and appellate courts. Outside of litigation, the Law Offices of Alexis Casillas are also firmly committed to community and resource building. Ms. Casillas' passion for education rights and the law was first triggered by watching her brother navigate the IEP process, and she has watched others confront the same problems with addressing disability rights and services and choose different and related paths. For that reason, the LOAC are committed to guiding other families, new attorneys, and providers in establishing themselves as forces for change in the field of educational access and disability rights.

Law Offices of Mark B. Martin

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.

New Haven RTC

Since 1995, New Haven Residential Treatment Center has been an industry leader in residential treatment for adolescent females, ages 13-17. Accredited through the Joint Commission, as well as other professional affiliations within the mental health industry, New Haven strives to provide the very best care to their students and families. At New Haven, evidenced based therapy is combined with ongoing outcomes measures to mark the progress of each family throughout their treatment process. New Haven's proven, relational approach requires intensive family involvement and personal accountability as these two factors are key in achieving lasting therapeutic success. Healing begins as families utilize our Adaptive Family Systems Model to address the negative coping behaviors caused by depression, anxiety, trauma, attachment, addiction and other mental health conditions. This model provides a framework for our students to find peace with their past, learn to thrive in the present, and create a foundation for a hopeful future.

Reisman Carolla Gran LLP

The attorneys at Reisman Carolla Gran LLP, located in Haddonfield, New Jersey, bring together more than seventy years of experience practicing law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationally. We pride ourselves in providing personal, high quality legal service with the cost-effectiveness a small firm has to offer.


The Law Offices of Jennifer Laviano, LLC 

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. 


Tollner Law Offices

TLO is a law firm specializing in special education law, limited conservatorships, education consulting and regional center issues. Our four experienced attorneys work with all ages of students and adults and on every issue imaginable, including manifestation hearings, bullying, LRE cases, transition cases, and many, many more. TLO represents families in all 9 counties of the San Francisco Bay Area and has won every hearing it has presented in the last eight years. We are proud to be a part of COPAA and to support its great national cause of supporting students with special needs.

Silver Sponsors


Cardinal Cushing Centers

At Cardinal Cushing School the importance of achieving increased levels of independence, personal growth and self-determined independence is recognized and emphasized for students ages 6-22 with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities. Programming is based on individual needs and developed within a nurturing atmosphere of acceptance and respect. The common goal for every child, adolescent and young adult served by Cardinal Cushing School is for them to enjoy learning, realizing their potential and to see themselves as valued, important members of their community. Cardinal Cushing School is a psycho-educational program individualized for students with ASD and/or mild-to-moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities many of whom have additional secondary disabilities. Both day and residential programs provide a full complement of supportive services including educational testing, physical, speech and occupational therapies, on-site health center, adaptive physical education, art, music therapy, computer education and recreation. We offer a robust vocational program offering both on and off campus employment opportunities. Our on-site student run businesses are open to the community and operate 6 days a week. The businesses include The Bass Café, Cushing Greenery Horticulture Program, The Cushing Trader Boutique, Recycling Center, Culinary Arts and Timeless Treasures Thrift Store. Cardinal Cushing also collaborates with more than 40 community businesses that offer our students both internships as well as paid employment.

The Glenholme School

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.

Haynes Family of Programs - S.T.A.R. Academy

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, Educationally Related Counseling, Language & Speech, Occupational Therapy, Behavior Intervention, 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.


The Heartspring School is a private, not-for-profit, residential and day school, serving students ages five to 21 impacted by autism and other developmental disabilities from across the country and around the world. Most Heartspring students also display challenging behaviors that often interfere with their educational progress, as well as their home life, and community integration.

MassMutual Financial Group

SpecialCare is a program developed by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) that provides access to information and resources to families with dependents who have a disability. Our mission is to help educate families and caregivers about the importance and steps in creating a life care plan to help provide a secure financial future.

Monarch Center for Autism

Monarch Center for Autism is a residential, therapeutic and educational program serving students, ages 8-22, with autism spectrum disorders. Monarch students, whose abilities and learning styles vary greatly across the spectrum, may also present with co-occurring psychiatric disorders, neurologically based disorders and behavioral challenges. The Monarch Model, which was developed through an ongoing partnership with Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Autism Language Program, is an evidenced-based, visual language teaching method aimed at leveraging the strong visual process abilities of individuals with autism. Our programming components are integrated and within walking distance to one another on our beautiful 32 acre campus. We are an accredited NPS for CA and IL, but our students hail from over 15 different states.

Mountain Valley Academy

Mountain Valley Academy (MVA) is a unique and enriching residential school experience for Special Education students designed to help them meet their challenges in a supportive and outdoor-oriented environment on over 900 acres of land in the Gold Country foothills near historic Nevada City, California. We have developed Mountain Valley Academy to serve students that have been referred to us by their parents and School Districts in collaboration with their IEP teams. Our experience over the past 50 years has shown us that Special Education students thrive when they are in an enriched academic environment free from outside influences and pressures. At Mountain Valley Academy we help students gain the skills they need in order to return to their home and school communities. Our approach is based on building meaningful relationships through a trauma informed model, while encouraging healing and academic success. M.V.A. is part of Mountain Valley Child and Family Services which offers a full array of Residential, Special Education and Mental Health services in Northern California. We are WASC and COA accredited and a member of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services.

Powers Grewal, PLC

Powers Grewal, PLC is a boutique women-owned law firm in the heart of Southern California. Our practice focuses on special education advocacy, IDEA litigation, juvenile justice, and criminal defense. We serve the legal needs of children, adults, and families who have been denied eligibility and services in the public school and criminal justice systems. Our attorneys, paralegals and staff are committed to providing aggressive, diligent, and personalized representation to individuals of all ages with disabilities. We also specialize in the representation of monolingual Spanish speaking families throughout the San Bernardino, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Kern, Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties.


Professional Tutors of America, Inc.

Professional Tutors of America, Inc. is a certified Non-Public Agency through the California Department of Education. We offer Special Education services to children with exceptional needs in the form of Language and Speech Development & Remediation, Occupational Therapy, Behavior Intervention Design & Planning, Behavior Intervention Implementation, Counseling & Guidance, Vocational and Career Development and Academic Tutoring. Professional Tutors of America, Inc. currently contracts with school districts, charter schools and is an excellent resource for compensatory education. Our seasoned staff is credentialed and/or licensed by the state of California and our services are offered one-to-one in the home or at a public library. We deliver thoughtful support to our clients with IEP aligned instruction and a primary focus on individual social-emotional and academic growth.

Selene Almazan Law, LLC

Selene Almazan has more than 30 years of representing parents and their children in special education matters, primarily in least restrictive environment cases. Each client is given individual attention during the duration of their case and their child's school career. Because of Selene's extensive experience representing families she is well respected by families and school attorneys.


Shrub Oak International School

Shrub Oak is a ground-breaking school with a visionary approach to preparing young adults, ages 14-22+, on the autism spectrum. We offer extraordinary personal attention with a classroom staff-to-student ratio of 2:1; and overall ratio during academic hours of greater than 1:1 in our residential and day programs. Our campus, set on 127 wooded acres and located less than one hour from New York City, offers the most advanced technology-infused facilities in the world. Students have an array of opportunities for recreation, sports, hiking, arts, culture, crafts, agriculture, working with therapy animals, technology, and more. They also have the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities on-and off-campus that support social interaction, community involvement and vocational learning. Individualized Education Programs (IEP) are developed, student-by-student, with collaboration of parents, educators, professional advisors and staff.  Independence, life skills, and career/vocational competencies developed on a student-by-student basis to nurture the highest level of abilities that each student can achieve. Every day for our students is a step toward a life of discovery, independence, and productivity.

The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School

For over 75 years, the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School (O-School) has been providing a safe haven and a path to hope for children with profound social-emotional challenges or who are on the autism spectrum. Our immersive approach to care is characterized by: A Highly Skilled and Committed Staff, Healthy and Supportive Relationships, Strong Academics, Individualized Treatment and Education Plans, A Diverse and Affirming Community Students who attend the O-School are bright students who have struggled considerably managing their emotions, functioning safely within day to day life, and maximizing their potential as learners. We are licensed to provide care to students 5 to 18 years old, male and female.

The Brooke Whitted Center opened in January of 2016, with the residence located at next to the O-School and a downtown office setting called the Loft, which provides support for students during the day. Our students are 18 to 25 years old, college capable students who struggle with emotional & social issues. Our students are bright, have completed High School and have a desire to attend college. We have a highly skilled clinical and transitional team that enables our students to receive support during daily activities. Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, and Psychiatric services are provided within the program. We do provide 24 hour supervision, including awake staff at night.

Bronze Sponsors

Heritage School

Heritage, a residential treatment center in Provo, UT has been serving male and female students ages 12-18 since 1984. Our PEERS academy provides services for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Our Elevate academy provides services for ED students with mood disorders and trauma. Our 19 acre community provides equine therapy, performing arts, recreation therapy and many other experiential experiences. Students receive a more typical junior high and high school experience through rotating class schedules with direct classroom instruction. Heritage specializes in working with school districts and students with IEP’s who require specialized academic instruction. Our students receive individual, group and family therapy from master's level clinicians.

Law Offices of Tania L. Whiteleather

Tania L. Whiteleather is a sole practitioner in Southern California who represents student in districts all over the state and who has prosecuted and defended IDEA and related cases in administrative hearings and in state and federal court.  She was a teacher in Los Angeles Unified before beginning her legal practice in 1989 and began her special education practice in 1996, receiving tutelage at the hands of an experienced advocate.  Since that time, she has represented hundreds of students.  Tania has worked with local and county educational agencies to help train and educate parents and proudly continues to work with advocates and attorneys new to the field of special education.

Leigh Law Group

For over a decade, the attorneys at the Leigh Law Group, P.C. have provided highly effective legal representation in the area of education and special education law. Leigh Law Group also represents individuals and families in Regional Center and IHSS matters, expulsion hearings, CDE and OCR complaints, Section 504 plan meetings, manifestation hearings, IEP meetings, special education due process hearings, higher education/college based matters and we litigate in state and federal court matters including appeals and violations of Section 504, the ADA and a host of other state and federal statutory issues. The legal team has published decisions in disability rights litigation based on failures to accommodate and for retaliation just to name a few. When the Leigh Law Group P.C. acts on your behalf, we demonstrate a strong commitment to your case. Our team provides you with all options available, advising of all possible remedies available for your injuries and losses while working to secure the best outcome for the individuals and families we serve.
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