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New Jersey


State Resources
State Special Education Website
http://www.state.nj.us/education/specialed/

Regulations
http://www.state.nj.us/education/code/current/title6a/chap14.pdf

Regulations (due process)
http://www.state.nj.us/education/specialed/reg/njac_1_6a.pdf


State Special Education Statute
http://specialeducation.rutgers.edu/18A.pdf

Due Process Hearing Decisionshttp://lawlibrary.rutgers.edu/oal/search.htm



 

 

Advocates & Attorneys

 

MARIE FRANCE AKINOLABU.M.Ed.
Aspiring Minds
538 Florida Grove Roadm, First Floor
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Phone: 888-470-9955
Cell: 848-248-2957
Fax: 732-960-9955
Email: aspiringminds@msn.com
Website: www.aspminds.com
Areas of Practice:Autism educational advocate. From age 3 to 21. Learners with autism present with a complex cognitive profile. We assist you parents in securing an educational program that is appropriate for your child/children. Classroom observations, IEP attendance, development of measurable goals and objectives, home visits, child assessment of skills, workshops on autism with emphasis on its learning brain.
Geographical Area: Northen and central Jersey.


 

ANN MARIE AGNELLO (Advocate)
Advocacy For Compliant Education LLC.
31 Clinton Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Phone: 201.670.6094
Email: annmarieagnello@gmail.com
Areas of Practice:Special education advocacy services include review and development of IEP'S and 504 Plans; IEP and 504 meetings; Resolution Sessions; Mediation. Education includes non-licensed Developmental Psychologist in cognitive, social and language development. Advocacy practice for 18 years.
Geographical Area: Located in Bergen County, but will travel throughout New Jersey. Travel time fee.



KRISTY M. ASRAL
(Advocate)
Asral Behavioral Consulting Services, Inc.
11 Shady Spring Drive
Doylestown, PA 18901

Phone: 267.885.4886
Email: kristyasral@gmail.com
Website: www.AsralBehavioralConsulting.com
Areas of Practice:Special Education Consulting
Behavioral Consulting
Geographical Area: PA and NJ

 

JOHANNA BARGISEN (Advocate)
Northvale, NJ 07647

Phone: 201.519.0340
Email: Jmbargisen@aol.com

 

 

 

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CRAIG BECKER (Attorney)
Craig David Becker, Attorney at Law, LLC
1288 Route 73 South, Suite 301
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Phone: 856.273.0200
Email: cbecker@cbeckerlaw.com
Website: www.cbeckerlaw.com
Areas of Practice:Craig David Becker, Esquire practices Special Education Law. He advocates on behalf of parents and special education and special needs students to ensure educational institutions provide an appropriate and effective education. Mr. Becker is available to assist parents in all areas of special education including the following:
■All Special Education Issues
■Individualized Education Programs ("IEP")
■Accommodations
■IEP Team Meetings
■Enforcing and Revising IEPs
■504 Plans
■Manifestation Determinations
■Standardized Testing Accommodations
■Resolution Sessions
■Mediations
■Placements
■Extended School Year
■Supplemental Services
■Transportation
■Due Process Hearings
■Student Records
Mr. Becker also has experience working with top consultants and experts in education and special education.

 

 

LAURA BENCIVENGA (Advocate)
Education Advocacy Consultants, LLC

Email: educatioadvocacyconsultants@gmail.com
Areas of Practice: Focus on adoption and special education with special interest in post-institutionalized children. Practice limited at this time to consults, record review, parent support and preparation for IEP meetings.
Geographical Area: Northern NJ

 

SANDRA BLUMENREICH (Advocate)
Sandra Blumenreich and Associates, LLC.

P.O. Box 325
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Phone: 845.641.8131

Email: sandra@sandrablumenreich.com
Website: sandrablumenreich.com
Areas of Practice: I work with students and families to obtain services through their school districts. IEP/CSE/504/Manifestation Meetings. Will work with families with students with all disabilities.
Geographical Area: New Jersey: Northern counties

 

MARTHA BRECHER (Advocate)
Martha Brecher, Education Advocate, LLC
219 Runnymede Road
Essex Fells, NJ 07021

Phone: 973.521.7057
Fax: 973.521.7047
Email: martha@njeducationadvocate.com
Website: www.njeducationadvocate.com
Areas of Practice:I provide advocacy services to families of children and youth with learning challenges and disabilities from birth through college. I provide resources; participate in I&RS, eligibility and IEP meetings; draft correspondence; file and mediate dispute resolution petitions, as well as complaints with appropriate state and federal agencies regarding retaliation and civil rights violations; prepare 504 Plans and IHPs; and assist families and schools in developing meaningful transition to adulthood programs. I am acutely aware of the school reform issues in our State, and provide advocacy services to students in all types of schools in NJ, including charters, and to families of English language learners.
Geographical Area: Throughout the State of New Jersey

 

PAUL CLIFFORD (Advocate)
Expanded Horizons
14 Wild Hog Lane
McClure, PA 17841

Phone/Cell: 717-304-0569
Fax: 717-222-5106
Email: pcbigreddog@msn.com
Areas of Practice: All areas of Special Education from ages 0-21. Former Principal with extensive practice with IDEA. Advocate for the last 4 years.
Geographical Area: All areas of PA, NJ and MD.

 

JONATHAN CORCHNOY (Attorney)
Law Offices of Jonathan S. Corchnoy
1515 Market Street, Suite 1510
Philadlephia, PA 19102

Phone: 215.266.7872
Fax: 856.783.3330
Email: gpvanguard@hotmail.com
Website:
www.corchnoylaw.com
Areas of Practice: Special edcuation law, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation,
Special Needs Estate Planning
Geographical Area: Licensed in PA and NJ.

PA - East of the Susquahanna River
NJ - generally South of Trenton

 

ADAM DAYAN (Attorney)
Law Offices of Adam Dayan
100 Church Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10007

Phone: 646.845.7462
Fax: 646.845.7472
Email: adayan@dayanlawfirm.com
Website:
www.dayanlawfirm.blogspot.com
Areas of Practice:Education Law, Special Education Law, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship.
Geographical Area: New York; New Jersey

 

CLAIRE DRAPKIN, M.Ed. (Advocate)
The Youth Group Advocates
P.O. Box 7048
Freehold, NJ 07728

Phone:
Fax: 732.385.7454
Email: edcoordinator@aol.com
Website:
http://www.theyouthgroupadvocates.com/
Areas of Practice: The Youth Group Advocates is a private organization and can be engaged to serve as Your Personal Guide Through the Educational Process in New Jersey.

Claire Drapkin, M.Ed., is NJ-Certified in Special, Early Childhood and Regular Education.

FOCUS AREAS
* Educational Advocacy
* Parent/Teacher Mentoring
* Educational Consultant
* Food Allergy and the School
* Assist Parents and their Attorney through Due Process

SERVICES
Services are provided through Personal Meetings, Phone Conferences, Letter and Document Reviews, School visits (IEP, CST meetings), Classroom and Placement Observations, Records and IEP Reviews,
Court attendance (when necessary),
Telephone, Fax, and E-mail contacts.
Geographical Area: Central New Jersey

 

LISA EASTWOOD (Attorney)
Eastwood, Scandariato & Steinberg
336 President Street
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663

Phone: 973.253.1500
Fax: 973.253.1510
Email: eastlaw@earthlink.net
Areas of Practice: Practice includes the representation of children and families in educational matters.
Geographical Area: New Jersey

 

SHARYN GALLATIN (Attorney)
Sharyn J. Gallatin, LLC
303 Birch Parkway
P.O. Box 114
Wyckoff, NJ 07481

Phone: 201.847.1704
Fax: 201.540.2087
Email: sharyn@gallatinlaw.com
Website: www.gallatinlaw.com
Areas of Practice: Special Needs Advocacy
Geographical Area: Northern New Jersey

 

CAROLE ANN GERONIMO (Attorney)
Carole Ann Geronimo Esq.
686 Godwin Ave., Suite L
Midland Park, NJ 07432

Phone: 201-512-4400
Email: cageronimolaw@yahoo.com
Website: www.geronimofamilylaw.com
Areas of Practice:Education Law; Representing the rights and needs of children with special needs; Special education; disability rights; Section 504; eligibility; classification; IEP; ADA; IDEA; tuition reimbursement; private placement; residential placement; out of district placement; family law; divorce; custody; parenting time; visitation; domestic violence; support; alimony; post judgment.
Geographical Area:I represent clients throughout the entire state of New Jersey.

I'm available to assist you. If you have questions about the type of services that our firm can provide, please contact me.

 

BETTY J. GOLDMAN, ESQ. (Attorney)
%TBI, 136 Summit Avenue, Ste. 205
Montvale, NJ 07645

Phone: 201.573.0400
Fax: 201.573.9191
Email: bettygoldman@tbicentral.com
Website: bettyjgoldmanesq.com
Areas of Practice:Experienced, compassionate attorney to represent you and your special needs child at IEP's, due process and court hearings, special needs trusts and guardianship.
Geographical Area: Bergen County, New Jersey and nearby counties.



VICTORIA HENNESSY (Advocate)
Child Improvement Services

8 Taylor Lane, #1
Doylestown, PA 18902

Phone: 215-896-4629
Email:
vic619@comcast.net
Practice Areas: The areas of practice we are best known for is working with families to understand and navigate their way through the special education process. We advocate for the child to ensure they receive what they are entitled to by law and the best education plan possible to meet their needs. We also work with children outside the school setting to improve behavior problems that negatively impact the child's social life and functioning in school and with his family members. We provide family and individual coaching and create individual behavior plans that address the areas of concern.
Geographical Area: Bucks and Montgomery Counties and Philadelphia County, NJ - The lower end of Hunterdon County

 

 

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HOPE KIRSCH (Attorney)
Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC

8900 East Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite 250
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Phone:480.585.0600
Fax:480.585.0622
Email:
info@kgklaw.com
Website:
www.azspecialeducationlawyers.com

Areas of Practice: IEPs, special education legal advocacy, Due Process, restraint & seclusion, bullying
Geographical Areas: Arizona, all counties

Former special education teacher and school administrator (18 years), Arizona Certified Special Eduation teacher (Emotional Disabilities, grades K-12), Masters Degree in Special Education, licensed attorney in NY, NJ and AZ

 

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LORI KIRSCH (Attorney)
Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC

8900 East Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite 250
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Phone:480.585.0600
Fax:480.585.0622
Email:
info@kgklaw.com
Website:
www.azspecialeducationlawyers.com

Areas of Practice: Special education law and legal advocacy (all aspects including IEPs, due process complaints and hearings, resolutions, discipline matters involving suspensions and expulsions).
Geographical Areas: Arizona

As the mother of a teenager who is on the spectrum and has cerebral palsy, I have been advocating for my son and can help you advocate for your child. I have been an attorney since 1987 and am licenses in NY, NJ and Arizona.

 

 

KAREN LAMBIASE (Advocate)
CKIgoe LLC, Parent Coaching, Training and Advocacy
710 US Highway 206
Bordentown, NJ 08505

Phone: 609.838.9918
Email: klambiase70@yahoo.com
Website: aneducationforall.com

 

LINDA LEENSTRA (Advocate)
Special Needs NJ, LLP

820 Limecrest Rd.
Newton, NJ 07860

Phone:973-534-3402
Fax:973-534-3402
Email:
specialneedsnj@hotmail.com
Website:
www.specialneedsnewjersey.com

Areas of Practice: Special Education Advocacy, IEP review, Letter writing, Evaluation review, Meeting attendance etc...
Also provide Special education tutoring, home care, ABA Therapy, coaching and more
Geographical Areas: NW NJ

 

TRISH LUBERDA (Special Education Consultant & Paralegal)
Advocates-4-U
31 Whitetail Lane
Hungers Run, PA 19606-9490

Phone: 267.482.0009
Cell: 267.482.0009
Fax: 267.601.1041
Email: trish@advocates4U.org
Website: www.advocates4U.org
Areas of Practice:I am a certified paralegal whose business concentration is advocating in empowering parents to develop the most appropriate educational programs for their exceptional student that federal and state regulations allow.

My work has evolved from personal experience as the parent of three daughters with learning differences, emotional challenges, and autism. I have gained much of my relevant life experience from my own children, my clients, and their parents. As an educational consultant, I provide client-focused services that meet the needs of students who face learning and life challenges. I offer parents and caregivers of children with special needs a resource for understanding what the difficulties are, determining what support may be needed and developing a strategic plan to go about getting it. I am experienced in supporting clients with a variety of cross-system services that will ensure they understand how to navigate the many complex facets of federal, county, and school district systems. I enjoy helping clients identify their options for assessment, accommodations, and need for services. I value collaborating with the parents, caregivers and schools who willingly work together in the best interest of understanding a child’s strengths and/or weaknesses. My personal goal is to offer a plan of action and support that enables the children to adequately develop and their parents/caregivers to feel confident they have obtained the most appropriate supports and services available in order to insure their child’s most successful life outcomes.

Some of my services include:

• Complete record review (including all assessments and reports).
• Provide an overview and profile for your child’s success.
• Prepare a strategic action plan.
• Make referrals for necessary assessment and related services.
• Consult and advise in preparation and organization of documentation.
• Observe and/or consult in schools.
• Prepare and attend IEP meetings, ITMs, ISPs, and/or school conferences.
• Consult and make appropriate recommendations for school placements.
• Review and refer for appropriate AT/AAC assessments and evaluations.
• Referral and guidance for transition-aged resources and services.
Geographical Area: Southeastern Region of Pennsylvania and select areas of DE and NJ.

Please review my website for further parental resources and information pertaining to Special Education law; particularly within Pennsylvania. In advance thank you for considering me to be of assistance to you and/or your family!

 



LISA NEELY (Advocate)

Certified Special Education Supervisor from Lehigh University

Phone: 215-478-1697
Cell:
215-478-1697
Email:
lisatheadvocate@yahoo.com
Website: www.lisatheadvocate@yahoo.com
Practice Areas: I am a former Special Education Teacher and Reading Specialist from Bucks County, PA. My expertise is in working with children on the spectrum, children with ADHD, Learning and Intellectual Disabilities. I am committed to helping families build working relationships with educators in school districts to create individualized plans that benefit the academic, social, and emotional development of their children. Visit my website to learn more about me! lisatheadvocate@yahoo.com
Geographical Area: PA & NJ




LIZ PORCELLI (Advocate)
Encouraging Kids

3632 Nottingham Way
Hamilton Sq, NJ 08690

Phone: 609-848-1400
Fax: 609-848-1401
Email:
info@encouragingkids.org
Website:
www.encouragingkids.org

Areas of Practice: Special Education, developmental/cognitive disabilities, emotional, behavioral, & mental health challenges, ADHD, Autism/ASD, juvenile justice involvement, probation, trauma-impacted/school-related challenges and more.
Geographical Areas: All of New Jersey

Liz has been a special education advocate in NJ for 28 years, attended hundreds of meetings with families whose children have a variety of challenges.

 

ELLEN TOPIEL (Advocate)
Visions Educational Advocacy, LLC

532 Old Marlton Pike, W., #168
Marlton, NJ 08053

Phone: 609-410-2674
Fax: 856-751-9081
Email:
topielvisions@gmail.com
Website:
topielvea.net

Areas of Practice: We work with parents of children with Co-existing Disorders, such as Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Visual/Auditory/Language Processing Disorders, Autism, Hearing or Visual Impairment, Chronic Illnesses, Physical Disabilities, Dyslexia, Writing Disorders and others. Many parents need assistance to negotiate the 504/IEP process. We can review records and evaluations, and make recommendations for accomodations, modifications, and related services that match a student's unique needs. Also, we attend school meetings to work out agreements with the child study team, as well as consult with other specialists if necessary. We share information that parents need to know about their child's educational rights so that their children can participate fully and function healthily in school instruction and activities.
Geographical Areas: South Jersey Area, including Moorestown, Mt. Laurel, Cherry Hill, Medford, Tabernacle, Evesham, Barrington, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Voorhees, Lindenwald, Maple Shade, Cinnaminson, Delran, Princeton, Trenton and other districts.

 

 

SUSAN VERRICO (Advocate)
151 West Passaic Street
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662


Phone: 201.291.3889
Email: smverrico@optonline.net



LAWRENCE WEINBERG (Attorney)
Lawrence D. Weinberg, Attorney at Law, Doctor of Education
35 Underhill Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Phone: 718.708.4901
Email: lawrenceweinberg@gmail.com
Website: www.lawrenceweinberg.com/Attorney.html
Areas of Practice: Special Education hearings, Special Education appeals, appeals to the New York State Commissioner of Education related to transportation, vaccinations, gifted and talented programs, and other educational issues.
Geographical Area: New York State, New Jersey

 

RENAY ZAMLOOT (Advocate)
Renay Zamloot, Education Advocate
23 Wellington Drive
Annandale, NJ 08801

Phone: 908.730.0080
Fax: 908.730.0063
Email: rzamloot@rzeducationadvocate.com
Website: www.rzeducationadvocate.com
Areas of Practice: IEP and 504 Accommodation Plan development across disabilities for children and young adults ages 3-21.
Workshops and presentations on subjects such as: “Understanding the IEP Process,” “Advanced Advocacy Strategies,” “Effective Parent-Professional Communication in the IEP Process,” “The Impact of Funding Cuts on the IEP Process,” and more for Parent Groups, and other organizations throughout the state of NJ.
Geographical Areas: The entire state of NJ

If the state or geographical area does not currently have a listing available, please contact us at info@advocatesforspecialeducation.com, we are here to help.



 
     
 

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