Advocacy, Education, Support and Scholarships for Children With Special Needs in Our Community.

Finding an Advocate


There are times when a parent needs professional advocacy services to assist their efforts to advocate for their child. The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit national organization of attorneys, advocates and parents. The primary mission of their members is to secure high quality educational services for children with disabilities. COPAA is premised on the belief that the key to effective educational programs for children with disabilities is collaboration -as equals- by parents and educators.

If you need to consult with a professional advocate or attorney who will accept special education advocacy cases, we suggest that you consult the COPAA Member Database if you do not have any other source of referral.

Protection and Advocacy

If you are not able to hire an advocate, you may try to contact Protection & Advocacy, Inc.
PAI is a nonprofit disability rights organization, working since 1978 to advance human and legal rights of Californians with disabilities. They strive to create a barrier-free, inclusive society that values diversity and each individual. PAI services are available throughout the state and they assist tens of thousands of people with disabilities each year. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of Californians with disabilities and their families benefit from PAIs legislative advocacy, class-action court suits and collaboration with other groups.

The more than 200 PAI staff and Board members have a wide array of legal and advocacy expertise, and have developed innovative programs for Californians with developmental, psychiatric, sensory and physical disabilities. PAI collaborates on the state and federal levels with other advocacy groups throughout the U.S.