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Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego | ADVOCACY


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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.
16935 W Bernardo Dr. #114
SD, 92127

Alliance Resources and Associates, Inc.
Allan Roth, M.S.Ed. educational consultation and advocacy assisting all ages 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.

Battaglia & Waltari
Special Needs Trust Attorneys
Provides special needs planning, including special needs trusts, estate planning and conservatorships for individuals and families.
9903 Businesspark Ave. #105
SD, 92131

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 coverage.

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
One of the nation’s premiere academic, research, and advocacy organizations working to improve the lives of children and youth, with special emphasis on the child protection and foster care systems and enhancing resources that are available to youth aging out of foster care. USD Law students serve as advocates. Visit website to determine 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 with a multi-dimensional background offers support and empowerment to parents of children Pre-K thru age 22, with disabilities. Offers a free 30-minute consultation.
1262 Kettner Blvd. #1904
SD, 92101

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.

Ed-vance Educational Services and Advocacy Resources for San Diego
Andrea Katz, Ed.D. provides services that support parents of children with special needs by educating them about procedural safeguards, the federal and state education codes, the format for writing an effective Individual Education Program (IEP), and provide tools to work cooperatively with special education staff members. Assesses students and creates a one-of-a-kind curriculum for each child.

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

Health Consumer Alliance (HCA)
Healthcare coverage and services.
866-262-9881; 888-804-3536

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
The goal of KTLP is to educate, inform, connect and inspire 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 who helps families recognize a child’s needs in a classroom setting, put together 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.
171 Saxony Rd. #111
Encinitas, CA 92024

Law Offices of Schwartz & Storey
Special education attorney available for evaluations, advocacy and representation. Helps with IEPs, 504 Plan, suspensions, expulsions, educational disputes, due process hearings and compliance complaints. Free consultations. Offers bilingual, bicultural representation.
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 the healthcare they are receiving, or are having trouble 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 collaboratively achieving positive outcomes for children with disabilities at IEPs 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.

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, 92110

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 proceedings.
16466 Bernardo Center Dr. #106
SD, 92128

Bilingual staff help people with all 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
619-282-0846; 866-828-8275

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 are offered.

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

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