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'smission 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.
Children's Dyslexia Center of Philadelphia- The Children's Dyslexia Center of Philadelphia, run by Director Kathleen Carlsen, provides unmatched training to children with Dyslexia. The center employs the Orton-Gillingham method, a research-based multi-sensory system for teaching reading, writing and spelling.
The Juvenile Law Centeris 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.
Wrightslaw - Pete and Pam Wright are leaders in the field of Special Education law. Their website contains articles and links on all aspects of Special Ed, and they publish and sell terrific and practical books for lawyers, advocates and parents
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 of 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.
Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) - OSEP is the federal agency dedicated to enforcing the federal laws on Special Education. OSEP issues guidance letters on specific legal scenarios, to which parent advocates and attorneys frequently refer in explaining and advocating their legal positions both to IEP Teams and to hearing officers.
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 areoutstanding attorneys dedicated to representing children with special needs throughout New York.