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Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)

Last Update:5/11/2018
Contact:
Title:
Address:P.O. Box 6767
Towson, MD 21285
County:Out of state
Phone:844-426-7224
Toll Free:
Fax:410-372-0209
TDY:
E-Mail:
Website:www.copaa.net
Mission
COPAA's mission is to be a national voice for special education rights and to promote excellence in advocacy. Our primary goal is to secure high quality educational services for children with disabilities.
Program Description

COPAA was formed in 1998 and works to:

  • Enable parents to work more effectively with school personnel to plan and obtain effective educational programs for their children with disabilities;
  • Encourage more attorneys and advocates to undertake representation of parents of children with disabilities in their efforts to plan and obtain effective educational programs;
  • Provide advocate, attorney, parent and other professional COPAA members with the practical resources and information they need to obtain effective educational programs for students with disabilities;
  • Enable members to network and share information and legal resources;
  • Provide training for lay advocates on all aspects of special education advocacy and informal conflict resolution;
  • Provide training for attorneys on legal practice: including due process, litigation, and informal conflict resolution;
  • Enable parents to locate advocates and attorneys through COPAA's website directory;
  • Files amicus curiae briefs in cases of national significance.

The organization does not provide direct services, individual advocacy or representation to children with disabilities. COPAA does not limit its interest to any particular type of disability, specific age range, or setting.

Financial
Indpendent, nonprofit, 501 ©(3) Members receive access to discussion groups, annual conference, databanks, and publications. ($95 for parents and advocates/$175for attorneys/year)
Services
Advocacy
Legal Services
On-line Community/Listserv/Social Media
Special Education and Related Services
Counties Serviced
Nationwide
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