Special Education Law Resources

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates​ (COPAA) - COPAA is a private organization dedicated to empowering parents, advocates and attorneys in representing children with special needs. COPAA holds annual conferences and regular training sessions on all aspects of special education law.  

Public Interest Law Center - The Public Interest Law Center (formerly PILCOP) is among the oldest and most respected public interest law organizations in the country.  The Law Center has long been dedicated to improving public schools, both in Philadelphia and nationwide, and recently announced a new initiative focused on preparing students with disabilities for life after school.  Read about it here

The Education Law Center of Pennsylvania (ELC)- ELC's mission is to ensure that all of Pennsylvania’s children have access to quality public schools, including poor children, children of color, children with disabilities, children in the foster care system, English Language learners, and other vulnerable children.

The Arc of Philadelphia - The Arc of Philadelphia has led the way in protecting the rights of and promoting opportunities for children and adults with disabilities by advocating with and for all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to promote active citizenship, self-determination and full inclusion.

The Juvenile Law Center is the oldest non-profit public interest law firm in the Untied States for children. It works to reduce inappropriate referrals to the child welfare, juvenile justice, and adult criminal justice systems.

Hispanos Unidos Para Niños Exceptionales (HUNE) - HUNE is a Philadelphia non-profit that provides free bilingual English and Spanish training, and assistance to parents of youth with disabilities and to professionals who work with children. HUNE helps parents to participate more effectively with professionals in meeting the educational needs of children and youth with disabilities. 

The Pennsylvania Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) - ODR is Pennsylvania's agency through which to enforce the rights of a child with special needs.  ODR Hearing Officers sit as administrative law judges in Due Process Hearings. The ODR website also contains a helpful Resource Library where you can download forms and other important information about Special Education law.​

School District of Philadelphia - Office of Specialized Services - this is the website for the School District of Philadelphia's Special Education office.  For parents of children in Philadelphia schools, it contains useful policy and contact information.

The Pennsylvania Education Code​ - Title 22 of the Pennsylvania Code sets forth the legal rights of students with special needs and the rights of their parents.  

New York Office of State Review (OSR) - The OSR website contains a searchable website of special education decisions of state review officers in New York.  Ben Hinerfeld is licensed in New York, and serves of counsel with Gina DeCrescenzo, P.C..  Ms. DeCrescenzo and her associates are outstanding attorneys dedicated to representing children with special needs throughout New York. 

New York Office of Special Education - The OSE website contains a wealth of free, useful information for parents, including a Guide to Quality IEP Development and Implementation.

New Jersey Office of Special Education Programs (NJ OSEP) - The official website of New Jersey OSEP, the agency that implements state and federal special education laws.

​​Educate Autism - Educate autism is dedicated to providing free teaching materials and informational articles about numerous topics related to the education of children with autism.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MADESE) - MADESE is the agency that manages the special education process in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.