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Advocates, Educational Consultants & Attorneys

Both Advocates and Education Consultants guide parents through the special education process and may also include attending TEAM meetings.

Advocates: are usually parents of children with special needs.  They have been trained by the Federation for Children with Special Needs or other SPED organizations in children’s rights. Information on advocacy training and a guide on choosing an advocate can be found at the Federation for Children with Special Needs site. An article from Wrightslaw on advocating: Advocating for Your Child – Getting Started

SPecial Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN) is an association of advocates and other special education professionals.

Education Consultant: are usually education professionals who have a degree in education.  Some are parents of children with special needs. Most are trained to perform educational testing on your child and may also be trained by the Federation for Children or other SPED organizations in childrens rights.

The Independent Educational Consultants’ Association offers additional resources.


Special Education Advocates, Consultants, and Attorneys

Guided IEP Solutions          Carol Silva          (617) 334-6918

Carla Leone, Esq. – 175 Bedford St., Lexington, MA,     (781) 862-3100

Susan Brefach, Ed.D. – 2 Davis Rd., Bedford, MA,    (781) 860-7211

Tim Sindelar, Esq. – 90 Bridge Street, Newton, MA,    (617) 431-1201

COPAA-The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit, national organization, mostly volunteer run, that protects the legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families.

Peter Hahn 90 Bridge Street  Newton, Massachusetts (617) 413-3973

Lawrence Kotin & Robert Crabtree Kotin, Crabtree & Strong One Bowdoin Square Boston, MA  (617) 227-7031

Richard F. Howard  4 South Main Street  Ipswich, MA   (978) 356-5600

Hilton, Sindelar & Hahn (HSH)  90 Bridge Street Newton, MA  (617) 4431-1201
Rosenburg, Freedman, and Lee  246 Walnut Street  Newtonville, MA  (617) 964-7000

Nancy Borofsky   1436 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA      (617) 661-0594
Law Offices of Heather Gold, PC   210 Humphrey Street, Suite 109    Marblehead, MA  (781) 639-4105

Jane Mosher-Canty   Westford, MA    (978) 692-6373

Andrew Weiss    47 Church Street Wellesley, MA  02181     (617) 237- 5277

Marjorie Walsh of  CCSNMA provides services for children ages 3 to 22 with expertise and success in handling the most challenging and complex of cases.

Phoebe Adams, EdM, MSW, LCSW   (617) 909-0509


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