Educational Advocacy

About Kids Advocacy provides special education advocacy and consulting services in the Southern California Area

The Special Education process can often times be frustrating and confusing. Frequently parents differ to the educators because they are the "experts." But, is your child really making the academic, social or behavioral progress that you want for him or her to be a vital, productive adult? Does your student seem to fall more and more behind each school year? 

If you are the parent of a child with special learning needs and your child is not making progress in school, we help you find out why and figure out what to do about it.
  • Each identified child with a disability in the public school system is entitled to a Free and Appropriate Education in the Least Restrictive Environment. 
  •  If you believe your child is in need of support services but school does not, we help you get action.
  • If you are just confused and frustrated by the special education process, we help you make it work for your child.
The path of special education can be frustrating and confusing. It is hard to make decisions for your child when you are not sure what services and placements your child may need. We are here to help! About Kids Advocacy provides educational advocacy and consulting services to parents in the state of California; however, we primarily service Southern California.

We have experience with most school districts in the Riverside, San Bernardino Orange and Los Angeles counties.

Our staff is not only familiar with the special education process, but are also parents of children with disabilities.

We provide:
  • Consultations
  • Initial request for Special Education support and services
  • SST meeting attendance
  • IEP meeting attendance
  • Parent/Teacher conference attendance
  • Due Process filings 
  • Resolution Session attendance
  • Mediation with or without Due Process filing 
  • Due Process Hearings
  • State Complaint filings
  • Assessment requests and planning
  • 504 meetings
  • Manifestation Determination meetings
  • SARB hearings
  • Expulsion Hearings

Special Education Laws

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law that provides forspecial education and related services for children ages three through 21 with disabilities. IDEA, which is based on the Education of All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, was last reauthorized in 2004. IDEA ensures that a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) based on the individual needs of students with disabilities is available. The law also guarantees rights for children with disabilities and their parents.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs and activities, public or private, which receive federal financial assistance. The law does not provide funding for special education or related services, but it does permit the federal government to take funding away from programs that do not comply with the law.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a civil rights law that protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in the workplace, as well as school and other settings. ADA does not provide funding for services or accommodations.

Every Student Succeeds Act

While not offering any protections specific to students with disabilities, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a federal law that requires significant accountability measures for elementary and secondary education in the U.S. It is important legislation for students with disabilities because it ensures that they also reach high academic standards, just like other children in America's public schools.

This page is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes