Todd & Marilyn remain available to support families of children with special needs through the many challenges they face during this crisis.  They are meeting with families and attending IEP meetings via videoconference.  They can help you navigate this unprecedented educational environment, as well as the many new changes coming as we transition into a new school year under very different conditions.

A Note on Remote Learning:


The US Secretary of Education has advised congress not to waive any requirements of IDEA during the COVID-19 emergency.  This means students with disabilities remain entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education.  In this Shelter-in-Place environment, special education will look different, services will be delivered in alternative ways, and students may not receive everything specified in their IEPs.  Students may be entitled to compensatory education for missed services. 


However, while the remote environment is different, students with exceptional needs remain entitled to have their supports individualized in order to receive benefit.  This means a “one size fits all” approach to remote learning may not be adequate (or legal) for your child.  Some students may adequately benefit from being provided weekly homework assignments to complete independently.  Other students may need more direct remote instruction or support.  We encourage families to collaborate with their schools about their child’s individual needs, and we remain available to help you obtain the individual services your child requires.


Parenting a child with special needs can be difficult.  Navigating the complex, technical world of Special Education can be intimidating, challenging and sometimes frustrating.  It doesn’t matter whether your child has a learning disability, a physical disability, or a developmental disability:  you want to advocate effectively for your child.  You want to make sure they get the support they need and the quality education they deserve.  But it can be difficult to know what your child is entitled to, what supports and programs are available, and how to work effectively with your school to get what’s right for your child.  We can help.

We are special education advocates with extensive professional experience helping families of exceptional children understand and navigate the special education world, and obtain the quality education their children deserve.  We are parents of our own children with special needs, so we’ve “been there,” and we “get it.” Whether you have just learned that your child has a disability (or perhaps only suspect that they might), or whether you are encountering new problems after years of navigating the process yourself, we can help.  It doesn’t matter whether you need only a little advice and direction, or extensive direct representation with your school:  we can advise you, support you, stand by your side, and help you rest assured that your child is getting the right supports and the quality education to which they are entitled.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s academic progress, disabilities, assessments, the “IEP” process, the “504” process, program development, alternative placements, suspension and disciplinary proceedings, compliance, or any other aspect of special education, we can help.  We serve families in the SF Bay Area, including San Ramon Valley, Tri Valley (Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin), East Bay, Lamorinda, and Walnut Creek communities.  Please see our Service Area page for more information.