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Diamond Sponsors

Baker & McKenzie

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.

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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.



Winston Preparatory School 

Winston Preparatory School is a highly individualized and responsive setting for students ages 9 to 21 with learning disabilities. Our unique education model of education for the individual provides intense skill remediation while encouraging students to build independence, resilience, responsibility and self-awareness. At WPS, the faculty assess and understand students where they are, help them advance at a meaningful pace, and teach them to move forward independently. WPS currently has five campuses in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey and is exploring additional opportunities nationally and internationally.

Platinum Sponsors 

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Feinstein Education Law Group, LLC

The Feinstein Education Law Group is a leading Connecticut law firm practicing education law with a particular focus on special education. We believe education is a right and that every child is unique and capable of success. We secure appropriate educational programs and placement for children with disabilities. Our firm has over 40 years of combined experience successfully advocating for children with disabilities. In addition to special education law, sometimes our representation includes school expulsion hearings, residency hearings, suing for damages as the result of personal injuries, representing children in juvenile court, and working with families to obtain services and support from State agencies. The Feinstein Education Law Group also has a special education advocate on staff and works with an attorney skilled in creating special needs trusts for children with disabilities.

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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.


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Reisman Carolla Gran & Zuba

The attorneys at Reisman Carolla Gran LLP, located in Haddonfield, New Jersey, bring together more than sixty years of experience practicing law in many jurisdictions, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We pride ourselves in providing personal, high quality legal service with the cost-effectiveness a small firm has to offer. The attorneys at Reisman Carolla Gran are personally and professionally experienced with the special education process. We provide consultation and guidance regarding the legal rights of children with disabilities, requirements in connection with the development of an Individualized Education Program, and legal options when parents cannot come to an agreement with a school district.

Gold Sponsors

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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.

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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.

Berney & Sang

Berney & Sang is a civil rights law firm that represents children with disabilities both at the administrative and federal level. We believe in using the law to empower traditionally disadvantaged groups, to achieve transformative change through the legal system, and to promote social justice. Our representation is guided by these three core principles. (1) “We believe your child matters;” (2) “We will fight relentlessly for your child’s rights;” and (3) “We strive for and achieve 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. We litigate special education administrative cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. We litigate bullying cases. We litigate federal special education cases around the nation and have developed one of the few special education federal appellate practices in the country. To learn more about us, please visit our website.

California Association for Parent-Child Advocacy

The California Association for Parent-Child Advocacy is a collaborative, statewide organization which monitors, analyzes, and responds to both legislative and policy initiatives which would affect the education and lifelong prospects for students with disabilities in California. CAPCA has evolved to be a strong voice in California for: Special Education Parents, Disability Professionals, Special Education Attorneys, and Special Education Advocates. CAPCA is an opportunity for members of the disability community to network, share information and resources, and participate in legislative issues and policy surrounding special education in California. CAPCA provides several levels of support to its members, including active listservs, annual membership meetings, and mentoring. We have a strong membership based of attorneys, advocates and parents. If you would like more information about CAPCA please contact our Co-Chairs, Maureen Graves and Roberta Savage. If you have any membership-related questions, please contact our Membership Coordinator/Treasurer, Miho Murai.

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

Haynes Family of Programs Inc. - S.T.A.R. Academy is a state certified Non-Public Agency (NPA). We provide Supplemental Academic Support (SAS), Transition services, and Other Related Services such as Language and Speech, Occupational Therapy, Educationally Related Intensive Counseling Services (ERICS), and Behavior Intervention Services. A credentialed special education teacher or licensed therapist provides these special education services on a one-to-one basis, direct to the student’s home or hospital throughout California. We are also a state certified Non-Public School (NPS) certified for In-Home & Hospital (IHH) services and an internationally accredited Residential Treatment Facility.
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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.

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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 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.

Law Offices of Mark B. Martin, P.A.

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.
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Mayerson and Associates

Based in New York City, Mayerson and Associates was formed as the nation’s very first civil rights law firm dedicated to representing individuals with autism. A longstanding leader in the field, our firm represents individuals with autism and other disabilities in matters involving educational rights and entitlements and we are committed to addressing the unique and constantly changing needs of each client family while striving to establish precedent setting decisions.
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Selene Almazan Law, LLC

Selene Almazan Law, LLC is a small private practice representing students and their families in special education matters and civil rights. Selene 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.

Silver Sponsors

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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.
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The Glenholme School

The Glenholme School celebrates 50 years as a boarding and day school that provides a therapeutic program and exceptional learning environment to address varying levels of social, emotional, and academic development in students, ages 10 to 21, who face challenges associated with ASD, ADHD, OCD, Tourette, depression, and anxiety. The goal of our school to prepare students for post-secondary college and career opportunities.

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 physical, speech and occupational therapies, 24-hour nursing support as well as behavioral and clinical therapies.

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 30 community businesses that offer our students both internships as well as paid employment.

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Heartspring’s residential school program is a non-profit day and residential school serving children ages five through 21 from across the country. We serve students impacted by developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Most of our students have challenging behaviors that interfere with their academic, home, and community life. Heartspring is truly a unique educational setting that encompasses all areas of a student’s life, including education, residential living, psychological and medical care, as well as therapies such as speech-language pathology and occupational therapy.

Hollingsworth & Zivitz

Partners Catherine Michael and Sonja Kerr work exclusively in the area of Education Law ensuring parents can enforce their child's educational rights. At Hollingsworth & Zivitz, they bring more than a half century of legal experience in special education, general education, and private school matters. Our offices in Indiana, Texas, and Michigan handle hundreds of cases each year ranging from Special Education Due Process, federal appeals, Section 504 complaints and litigation, ADA Matters, Title IX litigation, expulsions, personal injury of students in schools, school shootings and violence, and private school matters.

Lakemary Center

Lakemary Center provides residential treatment services for children ages 6-21 in a co-ed setting on 32 acres in the small town of Paola, Kansas. Children at Lakemary are dually diagnosed with an intellectual/developmental disability coupled with a psychiatric diagnosis and every child receives individual therapy, special education services, and health/medical treatment in a 24/7 milieu. Lakemary accepts children from all over the country.

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Mass Mutual 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, of any age, who have a disability. Our mission is to help educate families and caregivers of people with special needs about the importance and steps in creating a life care plan to help provide a secure financial future. For more information about Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its SpecialCare program, please visit www.massmutual.com/specialcare.

Monarch Center for Autism & Reserve School

On our 34 acre campus located outside of Cleveland Bellefaire JCB operates two therapeutic residential schools:

The Monarch Center for Autism, offers a prescriptive and high fidelity programming for individuals ages 8-22 with Autism Spectrum Disorders and dually diagnosed ASD and psychiatric disorders. 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, developed in collaborations with Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Howard Shane, is a visual language teaching method aimed at leveraging the strong visual process abilities of children with autism to enhance communication and learning. Monarch’s visual language treatment Model combines visual supports, technology and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Specific programs include the Monarch School, a recognized 150 pupil day and residential school, the Monarch Transition Education Program which incorporates independent living skills, self-determination, job coaching and an ever growing network of off-site work offerings, and the Monarch Boarding Academy, single-bedroomed cottages steps away from Monarch School.

The Reserve School offers residential treatment and education for students ages 11-17 with significant mental health and psychiatric needs, demonstrated self-injurious and aggressive behaviors, who have experienced trauma and may require LGBTQ supports. The Reserve School takes a multidisciplinary, integrated approach to address the complex needs of each student - building upon their strengths as they progress through treatment in a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy residential milieu.
The integrated team of psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists specialize in trauma informed therapy, SUD, CBT and DBT in a highly therapeutic environment.

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Professional Tutors of America

Professional Tutors of America has been helping children for over 35 years, since 1983. We are an excellent resource for families, public, non-public, and private schools. Our Special Education Teachers and Consultants can conduct and review assessments, attend IEP meetings, and provide recommendations for the best ways to meet a child's unique needs. We provide Academic Tutoring, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Counseling, and Transition Services. All services are provided at the student's location.


Law Office of Roberta S. Savage

The Law Office of Roberta S. Savage focuses on high-quality representation of students with disabilities in special education litigation. From initial assessment of your child’s case, to legal representation at mediations, hearings, and appeals, the Law Office of Roberta S. Savage strives to obtain positive results in program disputes and to improving the special education services provided to our clients.

Shrub Oak International School

Shrub Oak is a groundbreaking school with a visionary approach to educating children and young adults, ages 8 to 30, on the autism spectrum. We offer extraordinary personal attention with a classroom staff-to-student ratio of 1:2. Our campus, set on 127 wooded acres less than one hour from New York City, offers the most advanced technology-infused facilities. Students have an array of opportunities for recreation: sports, hiking, arts, culture, crafts, agriculture, working with therapy animals, technology and more. Students 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 Transdisciplinary Education Programs are developed, student by student, in collaboration with parents, educators, professional advisors and staff. Independence, life skills, and career/vocational competencies are 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.


Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School 

The O-School serves youth (5-21) and families struggling with social-emotional issues due to mental health challenges and/or being on the autism spectrum. COA-accredited and NCA-certified, the O-School offers strong academics and intensive clinical interventions in an urban, Chicago-based setting.

Bronze Sponsors

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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.

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