SpEd Advocates

A Special Education Advocate can help guide parents through the special education process. Advocates are typically parents of children with special needs who have been trained in children’s rights by the Federation for Children with Special Needs or another special education organization. They may have a wide variety of educational backgrounds and experience. Often they can help you understand evaluation results and attend Team meetings to advise you on your child’s rights as well as help you advocate for your child’s individual needs. Here is a brochure from the Federation for Children with Special Needs titled, A Parent’s Guide to Selecting a Special Education Advocate in Massachusetts.

  • Carla Leone, Esq. – 175 Bedford St., Lexington, MA, ph: 781-862-3100 – Carla Leone is a special education attorney who provides advocacy services for students with special needs aged three to twenty-one. She is also the parent of a child with special needs. She brings a collaborative approach to IEP Team meetings to try to avoid litigation, but is equally prepared to litigate if a dispute cannot be resolved at the Team level.
  • Susan Brefach, Ed.D. – 2 Davis Rd., Bedford, MA, ph: 781-860-7211– specializes in learning disabilities, Autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, executive functioning, anxiety/depression/emotional problems, social and school issues. Provides neuropsychological, academic and projective testing, advocacy, attendance at meetings, school/program observations and testimony at mediations and hearings.
  • Tim Sindelar, Esq. – 90 Bridge Street, Newton, MA, 617-431-1201. Tim Sindelar is an attorney specializing in special education, civil rights, disability services and employment discrimination.
  • Advocates for Special Education – Find an advocate or attorney in Massachusetts or any other state.
  • Triad Advocacy – Melody Orfei: Concord, MA, (978) 371-2182 – experience with LD, ADHD, Aspergers, Dyslexia, Sensory Integration
  • Triad Advocacy – Trish Orlovsky: Arlington, MA, (339) 368-0463 – experience with DD, DS, MR, Autism, Aspergers, Sensory Integration, medical issues
  • Triad Advocacy – Steve Lowe: Acton, MA, (978) 263-9725 – experience with NVLD/NLD, ADHD, LD, Aspergers, Autism Spectrum
  • Advocate Advocacy Group – Sue Terzakis: Andover, MA, (978) 975-2537 – experience with LD, NLD, Aspergers, Autism Spectrum, Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Integration
  • Donna Murphy – Burlington, MA, (781)-272-7747 – experience with MR, Autism, etc.
  • Joan Toussaint – Maynard, MA (978) 897-1622 – experience with LD, NVLD, PDD, Sensory Integration
  • SPAN – Special Needs Advocacy Network – Professional Membership List

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