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Advocates & Attorneys

DR. RINYKA ALLSION (Advocate / Special Educator)
Allison Consulting
1401 Weyburn Court
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Phone: 757-202-3558
Email: belle0822@gmail.com
Areas of Practice:
-Special Education Law/Best Practices
-IEP Development
-Inclusion Implementation
-EFM ( Military) Transiton Assistance
-Trainings Professional Development
Geographical Areas:
-Virginia Beach
-New Port News

DORI BIBB-COOK (Advocate / Special Educator)
The Bibb-Cook Group LLC
7513 Republic Court Apt 304
Alexandria, VA 22306

Phone: 334.663.5951
Fax: 260.632.7733
Email: Dori@bibbcookgroup.com
Website: www.bibbcookgroup.com
Areas of Practice: Early Intervention Services, Transition services, Evaluations, IEP review and development, Due Process Hearing, classroom observations, behavioral assessments, 504 plans, compensatory education and non-public educational placements and residential centers.
Geographical Areas: Greater DC Area, contact for further info.

Email is the most efficient contact.

Richmond Special Education Strategies LLC
2000 Riverside Dr.
Richmond, VA 23225

Phone: 301-377-9981
Email: ChrisCosans@gmail.com
Areas of Practice:Tutoring, Advocacy, IEP Review and Meeting Support
Geographical Areas: Greater Richmond Area

The Daniel Law Office
8041 Forest Hill Avenue
Richmond, VA 23225

Phone: 804-272-2203
Email: mariah@DanielLawVA.com
Website: www.DanielLawVA.com
Areas of Practice: Wills. Trusts. Estates. Planning. Probate. Elder law. Special Needs. Financial Power of Attorney. Living Will. Medical Power of Attorney. Funeral Authorization. Tax law. Corporate law. Business law. Deeds. Contracts. Leases. Personal injury.
Geographical Areas: Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield County, Powhatan, Petersburg, Hopewell, Charlottesville, Louisa, Charles City, Goochland, Cumberland, Amelia, Albemarle, New Kent, Prince George.

McIntyre DeFede Law PLLC
9315 Center Street
Manassas, VA 20110

Phone: 703-659-1962
Email: adefede@mcintyredefedelaw.com
Website: www.mcintyredefedelaw.com
Areas of Practice: Special education advocacy for IEPs and 504 Plans; school discipline defense; mental health advocacy; CHINS representation for parents or juvenile; child abuse and neglect; college/university student discipline defense; teacher rights and discipline defense.
Geographical Areas: Throughout Virginia

KATHY DOWD (Advocate)
Cohen, Dowd & Madsen
8315 Electric Avenue
Vienna, VA 22181

Phone: 571-283-9400
Email: cdmadvocacy3@gmail.com
Website: www.makingeducationspecial.com
Areas of Practice:
CDM is a team of educational consultants with expertise in the areas of special education advocacy from referral to placement. We are dedicated to building positive communication between home and school while ensuring appropriate educational support and services.
Geographical Area:
Northern Virginia, District of Columbia.


DR. C. RICK ELLIS, Ed.D. (Other)
Spectrum Psychological and Forensic Services
1020 Independence Blvd., Suite 204
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Email: crickellis@cox.net
Website: spectrumpsychservices.com
Areas of Practice:
ADHD, ASD, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, LD, Assessments, Court evaluation, Independent Educational Evaluations(IEE), Gifted, ABA Therapy, Neurofeedback, Parent Training, Home-Based Therapy, Social Skill training, Group Therapy, E-Therapy.
Geographical Area:


RUTH HEITIN (Advocate/Ed. Consultant)
Ruth C. Heitin, Ph.D. Educational Consulting Services
725 North Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 703.519.7181
Fax: 703.519.4737

Areas of Practice: Expert in special education in private practice for 20 years; psychoeducational evaluation, support in all aspects of special education
Geographical Area: Northern Virginia

PO Box 6836
Arlington, VA 22206

Phone: 703.379.9178
Fax: 703.379.1593
Email: nph@inciid.org

Areas of Practice: I am a former special education teacher who has spent the last 5 years advocating for parents of students with special needs. My particular area of expertise and experience is with children who were adopted and/or who have developmental trauma, preverbal trauma and reactive attachment disorder, multiple placements (foster care) etc. I am most familiar with the school systems in Northern Virginia.
Geographical Area: Washington DC Metro Area (VA/DC/MD)


My Education Advocate LLC
P.O.Box 11701
Burke, VA 22009

Email: kristen@myeducationadvocate.com

Areas of Practice:I provide special education advocacy services to students K-12 . I specialize in secondary students diagnosed with LD/ADHD/ADD,Emotional/Social/Behavioral Disabilities ,Asperger's Syndrome. I will assist parents in reviewing IEP's, 504's, Functional Behavior Assessments, educational/psycho-educational assessments. I will attend all meetings w/ parents such as Annual Reviews, Transition planning, Mediation and Due Process. Retired in July 2018 after 35 years as a special educator and program director in public schools. Excellent negotiating skills. Masters in Special Education & Transition. Currently hold Special Education teaching certificate K-12. I come highly recommended by my former parents (see website). Rates begin at $100 per hour (includes travel time). Initial Consultation (up to 1 hour) is free. Most familiar w/ school systems in suburban MD and N. Va.
Geographical Area: Serving Washington DC Metro Area (Northern Va., Suburban MD & DC)


Just Kids Education Services,LLC

Phone: 301.552.9229
Cell: 301.920.6034

Areas of Practice: We represent children from birth-21 years olds with a variety of special needs.
Geographical Area: We serve children and families within the DC/MD/VA area.

We offer a varieties of other services with the realm of education.


Learning Developement Systems, Inc.
Wyndhurst Counseling Center

105 Hexham Dr.
Lynchburg, VA 24502

Phone: 434-237-2655
Fax: 434-237-4422

Areas of Practice: Assistance with Special Education and Section 504 eligibility from initial referral through and including the development and implementation of an IEP and/or 504 Plan; Services are also offered for Educational Planning and School Placement.
Geographical Area: Lynchburg and surrounding districts for an 80 mile radius from Charlottesville through and including the Roanoke Valley

HONEY LOW (Advocate)
2816 Charlemagne Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Phone: 757-435-0156
Cell: 757-481-9122
Areas of Practice: Military dependents with Special Needs, Students with Special Needs-primarily ASD and ED
Geographical Area:VA

I am the Portsmouth Naval Hospital with the Neurodevelopmental Department Consultant and do assist non-military students thru the Jewish Family Services of Hampton Roads Virginia


2432 Rockwater Circle
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Cell: 757.322.0854
Areas of Practice:Special Ed law; IDEA; Individual Education Plan development/review/and consultation; mediation; conflict resolution; autism, emotional disabilities, deaf/hearing impaired, pervasive developmental disorders,other health impaired, and learning disabilities.
Geographical Area:Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri, Colorado.

Master's Degree in Special Education from Univ. of TN. and Doctorate from Vanderbilt Univ. Special Educator and Administrator for many years. Dr. Macias is a life-long advocate for children and families with special needs.


ABC Behavior

7844 Cedar Branch Drive
Gainesville, VA 20155

Cell: 703-864-1300
Email: dmaddox.abcbehavior.1@gmail.com
Areas of Practice:Special Education Advocacy, with emphasis on building good relationships with the public schools. I will help you prepare well for IEP and related meetings, including the development of a proper case file so that any future attorney will have what he/she needs. I have a strong legal background and expect to complete my law degree 12/2015. I work for a non-profit--ABC Behavior--which also provides ABA services for children with autism. My rate is $90/hour (including travel time).
Geographical Area:Primarily Prince William and Fauquier Counties, Virginia, though I will travel as needed.


LOIS MANES (Advocate)
Law Office of Lois N. Manes
P.O. Box 1675
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1675

Fax: 757-220-8515
Email: Lois@LoisManesLaw.com
Website: www.LoisManesLaw.com
Areas of Practice: Special Education and educational discipline matters, social security disability,and juvenile criminal cases. I am an attorney licensed in Virginia and New York as well as a former educator familiar with educational as well as legal matters regarding students.
Geographical Area: Hampton Roads, Virgina

CHERYL POE (Advocate)
Advocating 4 Kids LLC

Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Phone: 757.306.1942
Email: adv4kids@gmail.com
Website: www.advocate4kids.org
Areas of Practice: We provide special education advocacy services for children with all disabilities and medical conditions.
Geographical Area: Virginia


The Law Office of Joan H. Proper, PC

9300 W. Courthouse Road, Suite 202
Manassas, Virginia 20110

Phone: 703-291-6660
Website: www.jproperlaw.com
Areas of Practice: IEP and 504 eligibility, development and implementation issues; school discipline and juvenile criminal defense; family law/domestic relations; and petitions for guardianship and conservatorship.
Geographical Area: Throughout Virginia


William B. Reichhardt & Associates

4020 University Dr.
Suite 222
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-359-6060
Email: wbr@wbrlaw.com
Website: www.wbrlaw.com
Areas of Practice: Special Education and School Law advocacy; Juvenile and Adult criminal defense; Mental Health Law and Advocacy. College/University Student discipline defense; Teacher rights; Legal guidance for mental health professionals and private schools.
Geographical Area: Throughout Sate of Virginia and Counties in Southern Maryland


Educational and Psychological Consulting Services

763 Madison Rd., Suite 206
Culpeper, VA 22701

Phone: 540.727.1144
Email: advocate4ed@copper.net
Website: www.advocate4ed.com
Areas of Practice: Special education consultation. Assessment. LD,ADHD, autism, emotional disturbance. IDEA, 504. IEP Planning. MDR hearings
Geographical Area: Central Piedmont and Northern Virginia.


Exceptional DC

1816 Peabody Drive
Falls Church, VA 22043

Phone: 520.837.9271
Email: cmschock@exceptionaldc.com
Website: http://exceptionaldc.com/
Areas of Practice:I am here to assist families with navigating through, obtaining, and improving excpetional education services including but not limited to 504s, IEPs and transition plans. I am an experienced double master degree special education teacher who is here to offer support, act as a liasion between parents and schools and promote family advocacy. Additionally I am here to assist students with study skills and finding learning techniques that work best for them.
Geographical Area: Metro Washington DC/ Northern VA and MD


Advocating 4 Education

Ashburn, VA 20147

Phone: 703.309.4805
Fax: 866.682.7996
Email: stropf@verizon.net
Areas of Practice: Specialize in assisting parents through the entire special education process from eligibility to developing IEPs or Section 504 plans.
Geographical Area: Northern Virginia


Law Office of Brian K. Gruber, P.C.

6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 220
Rockville, Maryland 20852

Phone: (301) 657-3777
Fax: (301) 825-8956
Website: www.bkgpc.com
Areas of Practice: Ashley VanCleef is an experienced attorney and a certified special educator. Prior to joining the practice, Ms. VanCleef led the Resolution and Compliance Unit, served as the 504 Coordinator, and was an attorney for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. Her experiences range from the classroom to state departments. Ms. VanCleef is an adjunct professor at Morgan State University. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Frederick County Bar Association, and serves on the Mental Health Management Association Board of Directors for Frederick County.
Geographical Area: Maryland and Virginia
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Law Office of Melissa K Waugh, PC
1900 Memorial Ave.
Lynchburg, VA 24501

Phone: 434.200.8287
Fax: 866.511.5755
Email: mwaugh@waughlaw.net

Areas of Practice: Special Education Law, Adoption Law, Family Law.
Geographical Area: Central and Southwest Virginia, cities of Lynchburg,VA and Roanoke, VA and the surrounding counties.

I am admitted to practice in both Federal and State court.


Weinfeld Education Group, LLC
4865 A Cordell Ave, Ste 240
Bethesda, MD 20814

Phone: 301.681.6233
Phone: 301.593.3333
Email: parentsupport@weinfeldeducationgroup.com

Areas of Practice: Educational consulting and advocacy for students with disabilities, and students who are both gifted and have a disability (twice exceptional). Independent education evaluations for school functional behavioral assessments. Training for schools and parents. Consultation to schools. Expert witness.
Geographical Area: Washington D.C., Suburban Maryland, Baltimore, Eastern Shore, and Northern Virginia



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