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Access2Advocate LLC
Tara Lindhardt, J.D. offers affordable sliding scale for comprehensive special education representation or general ombudsperson/navigator/advocacy representation with community colleges and universities, Regional Center, IHSS, Social Security, and more reflecting their mission to ensure access to all with special needs. Initial consultation is free.

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

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.
Videophone: 916-374-7182

CA Department of Healthcare Services Medicare/Office of the Ombudsman
Meets the needs of the managed care beneficiaries.
TTY: 800-896-2512

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.
University of San Diego School of Law
5998 Alcalá Park, SD, 92110

COMPASS Family Center
(See listing under Parent and Family Resources)

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.
1833 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.

Health Consumer Alliance (HCA)
Healthcare coverage and services.

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, 92037

Joseph Todd Jones, Psy. D.
Special Education Advocate
Professional advocacy from a former teacher and school psychologist for children and adolescents with disabilities that require special education service intervention.

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.

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

Kristi Kelly Advocacy
Advocate with an extensive background in ABA who assists families in recognizing the needs of their child in the classroom setting, putting together a solid IEP, and working to build and maintain a positive relationship with the school and service providers.

Law Office of Jennifer Day
Helps students with disabilities obtain the appropriate educational services to which they are entitled, protecting students from inappropriate disciplinary actions, navigating parents through the often confusing world of special education.
1137 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014

The Law Office of Meagan Nuñez, Esq.
Helps parents navigate special education law because every child deserves a meaningful education.
Call for free 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 third-party bullying at school.
914 N. Hwy. 101 #A
Encinitas, CA 92024

Law Offices of Schwartz & Storey
Special education attorney available for evaluations, advocacy and representation. Contact us for help with your IEP, 504 Plan, suspensions, expulsions, educational disputes, due process hearings and compliance complaints. Free consultations. We offer bilingual, bicultural representation.
2247 San Diego Ave. #237
SD, 92110

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

Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.
Free County of San Diego-funded program providing professional advocacy for SSI, help with applications and appeals for those with special needs and mental health related issues. They also help with conservatorships and the process of obtaining appropriate healthcare.
TTY: 877-735-2929

McCuaig Law Firm
David McCuaig, Esq. protects the legal rights of students with special needs in relation to all special education issues including IEPs, due process, manifestation determinations, evaluations, charter schools and more. Free consultation.
737 Pearl St. #201
La Jolla, CA 92037

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.
Expands opportunities to enhance the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities and their families.

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

Patricia Cromer Law Offices
Special education law.
708 Summersong Ln.
Encinitas, CA 92024

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

San Diego Special Education Advocate Team (SEAT)
Bilingual advocacy from parents of children with special needs. Helps obtain appropriate services by reviewing records, conducting observations, collaborating with other special education professionals and attending IEP and 504 meetings to support your child’s personal goals. Free 45-minute consultation.
9606 Tierra Grande #204
SD, 92126

San Diego Unified School District Special Education Ombudspersons
Works impartially with all parties to assist in the resolution of concerns related to students’ special needs. This typically occurs within the Individualized Education Programs (IEP) process.
4100 Normal St., SD, 92103
619-725-8186; 619-725-8187

Social Advocates for Youth (SAY San Diego)
Youth and family support services.
Mid-City Family Resource Ctr.
4275 El Cajon Blvd.
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 any student facing expulsion proceedings. Serving San Diego and Temecula.
16466 Bernardo Center Dr. #106
SD, 92128

Special Education Advocacy Program – USD Certificate Program ­– USD Continuing Education
Solution-focused functional training in special education advocacy designed to provide an overview of disability on the family, an understanding of special education law and the assessment process, and dispute resolution training.

Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) San Diego
Bilingual staff educates and empowers people with disabilities, their families and the professionals who serve them by providing information, support, training, and referrals to secure an appropriate education. Outreach programs are also available to military families with special needs.
3180 University Ave. #615
SD, 92107
Toll-free in CA: 866-828-8275

Voz de Victoria
Marta Victoria Leyva has a bilingual (Spanish/English) educational private practice specializing in advocating for the educational rights of all students. Professional and/or 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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