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A+ Advocates of San Diego
Two former special education teachers teamed together to provide advocacy to East and South County families through observing students in the classroom setting, IEP meeting support, and improved district communication. Free initial consultation.
Andrea L. Katz, Ed. D.
Andrea Bazer, M.S. Ed.

Able-Disabled Advocacy
(see listing under College and the Adult Transition)

Advocacy Associates, Inc.
Special education advocacy, educational consultation and IEP support.
11921 Carmel Creek Rd. #118
SD, 92130

Alliance Resources and Associates, Inc.
Allan Roth, M.S.Ed. educational consultation and advocacy assisting with IEPs, 504s, SSTs, expulsions, adult services/agencies, training, Regional Center, In-Home Support Services (IHSS) and Dept. of Social Services.
44364 Kingston Dr.
Temecula, CA 92592

April Villafana Advocacy
Advocacy for children with special needs including IEP, IFSP and IHSS help in North County.

Ashley Parton Advocacy
Supports families with children with special needs and disabilities specializing in the IHSS application process. Ashley Parton Advocacy also assists families in building collaborative IFSPs, IPPs and IEPs for students in preschool through fifth grade.


CA Department of Education Family Involvement & Partnerships
Resources and support for parents, guardians and families of children with disabilities for procedural safeguards and educational nights.
Videophone: 916-374-7182

CA Department of Healthcare Services Medicare/Office of the Ombudsman
Explains procedures for receiving Medi-Cal and managing care.
TTY: 800-896-2512

The California Endowment
Preventative healthcare advocacy and help with getting insurance.

California State Council on Developmental Disabilities San Diego and Imperial Chapters
Responsible for ensuring the protection of legal, civil, and service rights of persons who require services through publicly funded agencies that serve persons with developmental disabilities.
8880 Rio San Diego Dr. #250
SD, 92108

Center for Emerging Leadership (CEL)
Self-advocacy for adults and teens with disabilities.

Children’s Advocacy Institute at USD
Academic, research, and advocacy organization working to improve the lives of children (with emphasis on child protection and foster care) and enhance resources for youth aging out of foster care. USD law students serve as advocates. See website for fees and eligibility.
USD School of Law
5998 Alcalá Park,
SD, 92110

COMPASS Family Center
(See listing under Education)

Devoted Advocates
Certified Special Education Advocate offers support and empowerment to parents of children Pre-K thru age 22 with disabilities. Free 30-minute consultation.

Disability Help Center
Helps individuals with disabilities receive Social Security Disability/SSI and/or Veteran’s Disability benefits, but community resources are available to everyone.
1831 4th Ave.,
SD, 92101

Disability Rights California
Works to bring about fairness and justice for Californians with disabilities.
1111 Sixth Ave. #200
SD, 92101
619-239-7861; 800-776-5746
TTY: 800-719-5798

DMS Consulting DeeDee Spangler, MS
Educational consultant and advocate.

Kirstin Hall, B.C.B.A.
(See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

Health Consumer Alliance (HCA)
Healthcare coverage and services.

IEP San Diego
Special education advocate who supports local families throughout the special education process to ensure children with behavioral, emotional or learning disabilities are provided with a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).

2305 Historic Decatur Rd. #100
SD, 92106

Jazmine Gelfand, Attorney at Law
Special education attorney offers education and disability legal representation through a collaborative and results-oriented approach.
4275 Executive Sq. #200
La Jolla, CA 92037

Keeping the Lanterman Promise
Educates, informs, connects and inspires parents and people with special needs. Encourages efforts to restore, defend, and preserve the Lanterman Act and the protection of the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Kristi Kelly Advocacy
Advocate with a background in ABA helps families recognize a child’s needs in a classroom setting, create an IEP, build and maintain a positive relationship with the school and service providers.

The Law Office of Meagan Nuñez, Esq.
Helps parents navigate special education law because every child deserves a meaningful education. Free initial consultation. Se habla español.

3505 Camino del Rio S. #340
SD, 92108

Law Offices of Monica C. Marquez & Assoc.
Specializes in special education legal and advocacy services: IEP, resolution, mediation, due process hearings, including children who suffer emotional and physical injuries as a result of negligence and bullying at school.
187 Calle Magdalena Ave. #114
Encinitas, CA 92024

Law Offices of Schwartz & Storey
Special education attorney provides legal guidance on issues from eligibility to assessments, communication and behavioral concerns, academics, to the level of services and supports your child needs. Also offers free consultations and monthly parent trainings.

2247 San Diego Ave. #237
SD, 92110

Law Offices of Victoria Vasquez Ikerd-Schreiter
Bilingual, affordable, special education advocacy, educational trainings and presentations, IEP, IPP, and IFSP representation, due process and mediation for disability-based administrative hearing levels from a parent of two with special needs.

Marcus Family Law Center, PLC
Expert representation in divorce, custody and support, bankruptcy, estate planning and immigration for San Diego and Imperial Counties.
10650 Scripps Ranch Blvd. #201
SD, 92131

My Patient Rights
Information and advocacy for families who have been denied healthcare, have complaints about healthcare they are receiving, or need help navigating insurance.

Outreach Consulting Services
Provides advocacy services to help obtain Social Security, Medi-Cal, Cash Aid, Cal Fresh and housing, and to problem-solve for these services when needed.

PACER Center, Inc.
Advocacy, parent training, online information center for those with disabilities.

Pacific Coast Advocates
Provides a unique co-advocacy model (each client has two advocates) with a child-centered approach. Works to build bridges between clients and school districts to achieve positive outcomes for children with disabilities at IEP and 504 meetings.
11455 El Camino Real #400
SD, 92130

Patient Advocate Foundation
Provides patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt and job retention related to illness or disability.

Rady Children’s Hospital – Balance Disorders
Provides a full complement of tests for vestibular (inner ear balance) disorders. If a vestibular disorder is suspected, children can be referred for a medical evaluation with the Division of Otolaryngology (ENT) and/or for assessment with the audiology team.
Richter Family Clinic for Balance Disorders
3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #400
SD, 92123

San Diego People First
Offers self-advocacy, tracks legislation and provides information on writing to governmental offices.
8880 Rio San Diego Dr. #325 (SCDD offices)
SD, 92108

San Diego Special Education Advocate Team (SEAT)
Bilingual advocacy from parents of children with special needs. Helps obtain services by reviewing records, conducting observations, collaborating with special education professionals and attending IEP and 504 meetings. Free consultation.
3505 Camino del Rio S. #340
SD, 92108

San Diego Unified School District Special Education Ombudspersons
Works impartially with all parties to help with concerns related to students’ special needs, usually during the IEP process.
2375 Congress St.,
SD, 92103

Sanford Autism Consulting
IEP advocacy and 1:1 mentoring through the IEP process from a parent advocate and SLP.

Social Advocates for Youth (SAY San Diego)
Youth and family support services.
Mid-City Family Resource Ctr.
4275 El Cajon Blvd. #101
SD, 92105

The Special Education Advocacy & Law Firm of Thomas S. Nelson
Advocacy for an appropriate education for children with special needs. Committed to empowering families through education and enforcement of their child’s special education rights. Also represents students facing expulsion.
16466 Bernardo Center Dr. #106
SD, 92128

Bilingual staff help people with disabilities, their families and professionals by helping them navigate special education, disability services and assistive technology (AT). Support is available via phone, in-person reviews of IEP documents, community workshops, and lab appointments to explore AT options for learning and communicating.
3845 Spring Dr. #21
Spring Valley, CA 91977

Voz de Victoria
Marta Victoria Leyva has a bilingual (Spanish/English) educational private practice that advocates for the educational rights of all students. Professional and parent training and development, and educational consulting services offered.

Accurate, reliable information about special education law, general education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. Excellent parent trainings.

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