SPED-PAC Resources

Resources here are not necessarily endorsed by SPED-PAC nor are we responsible for any information or advice you may receive from these resources. That said, no resources are added if we know of any issues or problems with them. Additionally, they are in no particular order. Reach out to us for more information and possible connections with others who have used a resource you are interested in.

Click here for the Department of Education’s (DESE) directory of legal advocacy that may be able to provide free or low cost legal services.

Directory of Legal/Advocacy Services

A list of individuals and agencies that may be able to provide free or low cost legal services.

Statewide Access

Justice Bridge Legal Center
67 Batterymarch Street, Lower Level
Boston, MA 02110-3110
Intake Line: (617) 860-3414
Fax: (857) 263-8881
info@justice-bridge.org

Disability Law Center
Boston Area Office
11 Beacon Street, Suite 925
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 723-8455 / 800-872-9992 Voice
(617) 227-9464 / 800-381-0577 TTY
Fax : 617-723-9125

Massachusetts Advocates for Children
25 Kingston Street, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 357-8431
Fax: (617) 357-8438

Federation for Children with Special Needs
The Schrafft Center
529 Main Street, Suite 1102
Boston, MA 02129
(617) 236-7210 / (800) 331-0688
Fax: (617) 572-2094
Provides information, technical assistance, and referrals to advocates and attorneys.

The EdLaw Project
44 Bromfield Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 910-5829
Fax: (617) 507-6363

Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts
298 Union Street 2nd floor
Lynn, MA 01903
(781) 581-1977
Fax: (781) 598-9364

Brian McLaughlin, Esq.
75 Arlington Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02116
(857) 241-3689
Fax: (857) 241-3601

Special Needs Advocacy Network
P.O. Box 269
Natick, MA 01760
(508) 655-7999
Provides a listing of special education advocates. Fees vary.

Greater Boston

Justice Bridge Legal Center
67 Batterymarch Street
Lower Level Boston, MA 02110-3110
Intake Line: (617) 860-3414
Fax: (857) 263-8881
info@justice-bridge.org

The EdLaw Project
44 Bromfield Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617 910 5829
Fax: (617) 507-6363

Greater Boston Legal Services
197 Friend Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 371-1234/ (800) 323-3205
Fax: (617) 371-1222
TDD: (617) 371-1228
Provides referral services only


Content retrievedfrom: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/directory-of-legaladvocacy-services.

Advocates | Lawyers | State Resources | Community Resources | Therapeutic Solutions | Neuropsychologists

Advocates

  • Massachusetts Advocates for Children’s mission is to remove barriers to educational and life opportunities for children and youth.
    We do so by advocating for and partnering with students and families; transforming school cultures to be inclusive, safe and supportive; and creating systemic change so all children and youth can learn, reach their potential, and thrive.
    We focus our advocacy on children and youth who face significant barriers, inequities, and/or discrimination because of their economic status, disability, race, ethnicity/culture, immigration status, English Learner status, and/or traumatic life experiences.
  • Craig Haller – Craig has been a professional advocate for many years. He has represented families in many districts in MA, RI, and elsewhere and also represented families with the Problem Resolution System in DESE and at BSEA hearings. Craig works pro-bono in Brookline (no fee for his services) although mostly advising families remotely.

Lawyers

  • The Center for Law and Education
    The Center for Law and Education (CLE) is a resource, advocacy and support organization committed to assisting low-income students, their families, advocates and educators work with their communities to help fulfill every student’s right to high-quality education. CLE strives to implement key federal and state education programs (e.g., Title I, special education, career technical education) to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all students through school-based collaboration, legislative and administrative advocacy, legal assistance, co-counseling and impact litigation, as needed.CLE’s MA based office provides statewide advocacy and support grounded in law, policy and research, to legal services program attorneys and volunteer lawyers representing low-income students in education law related matters, and targets systemic violations that disproportionately affect students based on race, ethnicity, language status, disability, or gender.
  • The Disability Law Center (DLC) is the Protection and Advocacy agency for Massachusetts.  DLC is a private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities. DLC receives federal, state and private funding but is not part of the state or federal government.
    To provide legal advocacy on disability issues that promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts.
  • Moor, Perlman & Gregg, LLC
    • SPECIAL EDUCATION
      At the heart of every special education case is a child who is struggling. Families need attorneys who understand both the legal and emotional aspects of special education law – and who will help resolve problems instead of creating them.
    • STUDENT DISABILITY RIGHTS
      Our firm has decades of combined experience, including vast litigation experience in state and federal courts, helping to ensure that children with special needs receive the protections to which they are entitled.
  • Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP
    KC&S advises and represents families of students with disabilities in communities across Massachusetts. Our experienced attorneys assist parents and students at every stage of the special education process.Our work ranges from consultation, such as advice and strategy with regard to a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), through dispute resolution. We are skilled at negotiation and mediation. We provide zealous advocacy in administrative hearings before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA). We are experienced in state and federal court litigation. We are familiar with the broad range of issues that arise, from determination of a child’s eligibility for special education, to obtaining an appropriate in-district program, to securing public funding for a private school placement. We represent students with all types of disabilities. At the core of our practice is our commitment to making the law’s promise of free appropriate public education (FAPE) a reality.We also advise and represent families regarding their rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, including Section 504 plans. We protect regular education and special education students involved in bullying or harassment. We represent regular education and special education students at disciplinary proceedings, such as expulsion and suspension hearings.
  • Fletcher Tilton PC, Attorneys at law
    Our attorneys have decades of combined experience working with families with special education and disability legal issues. We have represented students and families in all aspects of special education.
    We offer a lifelong service, as our Special Education practice is part of our unique Trust & Estate/Special Needs/Elder Law practice group. We assist families through the special education years as well as with all life-planning matters for the person with special needs entering adulthood, including guardianship and estate planning.
    The attorneys at Fletcher Tilton are committed to the disability community through our involvement with organizations such as the Arc of Massachusetts, the Cardinal Cushing Center and the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network, for siblings of people with disabilities. This enables us to offer practical advice and representation in an understanding and caring environment.
  • Rudolph Friedmann LLP
    Our education law team provides professional legal counsel and has extensive experience in advising public and private educational institutions. We advise clients on board governance, bylaws, open meeting law, procurement, contract and employment law issues. Our attorneys have addressed special education issues, as well. We understand the unique requirements of our educational institution clients and provide guidance with real estate, zoning, and procurement matters.
  • Wong & Boscarine LLC
    At Wong & Boscarine, we advocate for the educational and civil rights of students throughout Massachusetts. We help families successfully navigate the special education process with valuable legal advice and representation at every step – from reviewing IEPs, attendance at mediations, to representation at hearings at the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA). We have experience representing students with a wide range of profiles and needs. We have successfully advocated for clients’ inclusion in the general education setting and helped other families secure private, out-of-district placements. Whatever your needs, we are committed to helping students achieve their potential at school and beyond.

State Resources

  • The Federation for Children with Special Needs
    FCSN information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. We are committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.
    The Federation believes that individual differences in people are a natural part of life, and that disabilities provide children and adults with unique perspectives, insights and abilities which contribute to the overall well-being of society.

Community Resources

  • The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health – The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health provides outstanding, affordable mental health care and community-based social services that help individuals and families lead healthier, safer, and fuller lives while building the strongest, healthiest community possible.
  • Riverside Community Care – We make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities through innovative and compassionate behavioral healthcare and human services, and we use technology to improve access to quality care and expand our impact.
  • OTA Watertown – To provide quality occupational therapy and speech and language therapy services from dedicated and experienced staff in an environment of love, acceptance, and support that enables clients to function at their best, enhancing the quality of their lives and the lives of their families.
  • JCC Greater Boston – JCC Greater Boston proudly cultivates an inclusive community and accessible programs. Our Inclusion and Support Services team can help you access programs for children, teens and adults with physical, developmental, neurological, learning and mental health challenges.
  • The Bridge Center – The Bridge Center specializes in affordable, year-round therapeutic recreation and equine-assisted therapy programs for individuals with disabilities. All programs are instructed by skilled staff and are designed to meet the social, emotional, and physical goals of participants. Through innovative programming, The Bridge Center encourages independence and seeks to improve participants’ quality of life.
  • Center for Parent Information and Resources – Your central “Hub” of information and products created for the network of Parent Centers serving families of children with disabilities
    All the materials found on the CPIR Hub have been created and archived for Parent Centers around the country to help them provide support and services to the families they serve. The CPIR employs a user-centered process, gathering the perspectives of our experienced audience—Parent Center staff members and other experts—every step of the way, to create products and services that increase Parent Centers’ knowledge and capacity in specific domains.
  • The Boston Emergency Services Team (BEST) Boston Emergency Services team (B.E.S.T.), under the leadership of Boston Medical Center and with the support of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, provides a comprehensive, highly integrated system of crisis evaluation and treatment services to the greater Boston area; to children, adolescents, adults, including the elderly, the homeless, mentally ill and the multi-cultural populations within the Boston, Brookline, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop communities.
    If you or someone in your family is in crisis, please call 1-800-981-4357 for guidance.
    This toll-free number can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week to obtain services. Staff at the 1-800-981-HELP Call Center will provide support, information, referral, or arrange an in-person evaluation. The Call Center will dispatch mobile clinicians to intervene at the site of the crisis unless a different setting is requested by a family or if the containment of a more secure setting is required.

Therapeutic Solutions

  • S&L Therapy is one of New England’s largest pediatric speech and language private practices offering more than 18,000 sessions a year. Focusing exclusively on pediatric speech and language therapy, S&L has become known throughout the region for providing some of the industry’s most effective and efficient pediatric speech and language therapy services to families in: Brookline, Southborough, MetroWest, and all of Greater Boston.
  • The Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University (BU CARD) is an internationally known Clinic specializing in helping both adults and children address a range of anxiety disorders and related challenges, such as difficulties with mood, sleep, concentration, and pain. We stand at the forefront of research in providing treatments that work and are dedicated to keeping high standards for the services we provide. Our faculty and staff strive to deliver state-of-the-art clinical services to individuals of all backgrounds.  We also offer assessment and therapy on a sliding scale fee in order to accommodate individuals with limited income.

Neuropsychologists

  • Neuropsychology and Behavioral Health Clinic – Dr. Piryatinsky’s evaluations provide comprehensive examination of a broad range of learning disabilities, school and vocational difficulties, brain injury, cognitive decline associated with aging and emotional challenges. Her findings have been used to determine proper medical treatment, structure academic accommodations, and as forensic evidence in courtroom situations. She is proud of the diversity of her client base.
  • As an integral part of the Division of Developmental Medicine, the mission of the Developmental Medicine Center is to improve the lives of infants, children, and adolescents who face developmental and behavioral challenges and to support their families throughout their child’s life span. Our goal is to create models of collaborative care that integrate world class clinical service, cutting edge research, and innovative training programs. This will lead to better diagnostic tools and treatments, improved quality of life, and ultimately cures for developmental and behavioral disorders.
  • Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents is a pediatric neuropsychology practice and integrative treatment center with offices in Newton, Massachusetts, Plainville, Massachusetts, and Londonderry, New Hampshire, serving clients from preschool through young adulthood and their families. Founded in 2007 by Dr. Ann Helmus, the practice now includes a growing number of experienced neuropsychologists, transition specialists and other skilled practitioners. From the first, we have worked very hard to set new standards for strong evaluations conducted with genuine warmth in a “non-clinical,” low-stress environment, with the goal of creating enduring and productive relationships with the people we serve.
  • Kira Armstrong, Ph.D., ABPP-CN is a pediatric neuropsychologist who was a co-creator and co-administrator of the BRAIN (“Be Ready for Board Certification in Neuropsychology”) resource.  She was lead author of the book Board Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology: A Guide to Becoming ABPP/ABCN Without Sacrificing Your Sanity (see link below).  Dr. Armstrong was a pioneer in developing ABPP’s first subspecialty, pediatric neuropsychology.  She has served as an ABCN oral examiner and a work sample reviewer.  Additionally, Dr. Armstrong served on the AACN board of directors from 2008-2013 and on the AACN Foundation board from 2009-2013.  Dr. Armstrong currently works in private practice focusing on children with acquired and developmental disorders. Contact: 8 Cedar Street, Suite 43, Woburn, MA  (781) 572-9371