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State Resources
State Special Education Website
http://www.fldoe.org/ese/

Regulations (June 2007)
http://www.fldoe.org/ese/rules/rulehome.asp

Due Process Hearing Decisions (only available through 2004)
http://www.fldoe.org/ese/due-hear.asp





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advocates & Attorneys

 

MARILYN BARTLETT (Advocate)
3811 59th Ave Circle East
Ellenton, FL 34222

Phone: 941.237.0946
Cell: 941.237.0946
Email: bartlett.marilyn48@gmail.com
Practice Areas: All areas of Special Education accommodations for K-12; All areas of the ADA-AA for high stakes testing and accommodations in higher education settings. Available as a Speaker on such topics as: The ADA-AA; Sec 504 versus IDEA; College applications for L.D's; IDEA issues in K-12; Homeless children and Special Education compliance; Rights of Special Education Children in Foster Care. For other topics, please email me.
Geographical Area:
Florida: Manatee County, Sarasota County, DeSoto County, Hillsboro County, Pinellas County

 

MARIA DEL CARMON CALZON (Attorney)
Law Office of Maria del Carmen Calzon, P.A.
1825 Ponce de Leon Blvd.. #249
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Phone: 305.545.9004
Email: calzonlawoffice@aol.com
Practice Areas: Federal and State litigation.
Geographical Area:
Florida

 

MARIA CAMMARATA (Attorney)
Cammarata & Cammarata, P.L.
1000 E. Atlantic Blvd. #226
Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Phone: 954.802.8423
Email: info@cammlaw.com
Website: http://www.cammlaw.com
Practice Areas: Business Law, Special Education
Geographical Area:
State of Florida

 

MICHELLE R. DAVIS (Advocate)
ABCs for Life Success
PO Box 522
Nokomis, FL 34274-0522

Phone: 301.526.8512
Fax:
240.491.5912
Email: www.abc4lifesuccess.com
Website: www.abc4lifesuccess.com
Practice Areas: Assist parents navigating special education process, 504 Plan, IEP Audit. LD, ADHD, Autism, Health Impairments, EBD, Language Impairment, giftedness. Author Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book, School Success for Kids with EBD. Expert report and testimony. Training, workshops, presenter.
Geographical Area:
SW Florida, Washington DC Metro

 

ERIC EPSTEIN(Attorney)
Law Office of Eric B. Epstein, P.A.

Parkland, FL 33076

Phone: 954.272.8292
Fax: 954.635.5566
Email: eric@floridaspecialedlawyer.com
Website:www.floridaspecialedlawyer.com
Practice Areas: Representing parents and families of special needs children with regard to issues, rights and concerns in the arena of special education in the public schools.
Geographical Area: South Florida
Other: I am also the parents of a mentally handicapped special needs child.



MARK HALPERT (Advocate)
3D Learner
7100 W Camino Real, Suite 15
Boca Raton, FL 33433

Phone: 561.361.7495
Fax: 954.609.4565
Email: success@3dlearner.com
Website: www.3dlearner.com
Practice Areas: Learning disabilities, dyslexia, add, and students who are behind in readiing, writing and math
Geographical Area: Florida

Does your child learn best when they see and experience information? We offer advocacy, student education and parent training options. We are parents, educators and advocates - and have been helping students and parents since 1997

 

ALLISON HERTOG (Attorney)
Making School Work, PL
1550 Madruga Avenue, Suite 333
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Phone: 305.663.9233
Email: allisonhertog@gmail.com
Website: http://www.MakingSchoolWork.com
Practice Areas: Special Education advocacy and law; 504 Plan advocacy and law; Representation of students nationwide seeking accommodations on high stakes exams, such as the SAT, ACT, LSAT, MCAT, etc.
Geographical Area:
South Florida from Monroe through Palm Beach Counties.
I am a passionate advocate for disabled students. See my website for more information.

 

JAMISON JESSUP (Advocate)
MyChildWins.com
557 Noremac Ave.
Deltona, FL 32738

Phone: 386.801.7882
Fax: 386.845.9202
Email: jamisonjessup@live.com
Website:
www.mychildwins.com
Practice Areas: We are a nonlawyer advocate firm that assists parents in IEP, 504 Plan, manifestation and other similar meetings. We also represent parents in due process hearings as a qualified representative before Florida's Division of Administrative Hearings.
Geographical Area: We cover the entire State of Florida.

 

JOSHUA AARON JONES (Attorney)
Joshua Aaron Jones, Attorney at Law, PLLC
17 E Main Street, Suite 205
Pensacola, FL 32502

Phone: 850.512.1856
Fax: 1.866.642.5381
Email: jjones@joshuajoneslaw.com
Website: http://www.joshuajoneslaw.com
Practice Areas: Student rights; family law; employment law; business formations.
Geographical Area: North Florida.

 

MARK KAMLEITER (Attorney)
Board Certified, Education Law
Special Education Law and Advocacy (SELA)
2509 First Avenue S.
St. Petersburg, FL 323712

Phone: 727.323.2555
Fax: 727.323.2599
Email: mkamleiter@flspedlaw.com.net
Website: http://www.flspedlaw.com
Practice Areas: Special Education Law and advocacy, representing parents of special needs students since 1991. Former teacher of children with disabilities and experienced behavior specialist, at your side navigating the public school and legal system in all areas from mediation and IEP negotiation, up to and including due process litigation at state and federal level. SELA also has a team of associated attorneys and advocates located throughout the state, working in collaboration to offer a wide array of advocacy services, tailored to meet the individual needs of each family.
Geographical Area:
The state of Florida

 

ANDREW KLEIN (Expert Witness Consultant)
Klein Special Education Consulting
2934 Claremont Court
Orlando, FL 32822-9479

Phone: 407.674.7469
Cell Phone: 717.572.8242
Email: spedho@aol.com
Practice Areas: Special education mediation, IEP facilitation, expert witness, FBA/BIP development, training programs, case management, alternate dispute resolution; former hearing officer of 17 years; former adjunct prof. for the state system of higher ed.
Geographical Area:
State of Florida

 

 

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CHRISTOPHER NORWOOD , Juris Doctor (Advocate)
The Governance Institute for School Accountability

14844 Breckness Place
Miami Lakes, FL 33016

Phone: 786.529.8624
Email:
chris@thenorwoodconsultinggroup.com
Website:
www.thenorwoodconsultinggroup.com

Areas of Practice: The Governance Institute for School Accountability is a Florida Department of Education Approved Governance Trainer. We provide services to: Improve School, Accountability for Student Success; Special Education Law and Advocacy; Individual Education Plan Development, Review and Consultation; Due Process Hearing Representation.
Geographical Areas: South Florida

While the requirement that every student receiving special education
have an IEP is not new, linking the content of a student’s IEP to the
state’s academic standards for the student’s enrolled grade is both new
and challenging. This approach seeks to raise the learning expectations
for students with disabilities—including those with a specific learning disability (SLD or LD)— providing opportunities for students to make significant achievement gains. Moving away from the old approach to IEP
development, which lacked a focus on closing the student’s achievement
gap, to a new process that focuses on alignment with what all students are
expected to know and do, holds significant promise for students with Learning Disabilities.

Students with Learning Disabilities account for nearly half of all students that school districts determine as eligible for special education under the IDEA. Based on the IDEA’s definition of “specific learning disability” and the determinations
required to find students eligible for this disability category
students with Learning Disabilities should be expected to participate in general education curricula and achieve at a proficient level on state assessments, when provided with specially designed instruction and appropriate accommodations.

 

RANDE O'HALLORAN (Advocate)
2201 Country Club Rd
Melbourne, FL 32901

Phone: 321.961.1605
Email: r.a.ohalloran@gmail.com
Practice Areas:
Master's of Science in Education Law.
Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator for both Circuit Civil and County Courts. Bachelor's of Science in Behavioral Psychology and Speech Language Pathology.
Geographical Area:
Brevard County, FL and surrounding counties.

Facilitator for IEP Meetings, Resolution Meetings, Manifestation Hearings, Gifted/504 Meetings, Due Process Mediation, Disciplinary Hearings, and McKay Scholarship Issues.

 

SANDRA OSBORN (Advocate)
IDEAS Special Needs Consults, Inc.
P.O. Box 180605
Casselberry, FL 32718-0605

Phone: 407.332.7770
Cell Phone: 407.782.7202
Fax: 407.641.9425
Email: osborns37@cfl.rr.com
Practice Areas: Provide consultation and advocacy for families of children with disabilities. Assist parents resolve problems in education from pre-school through high school.
Geographical Area: Central Florida including Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola, Volusia and Flagler counties.

 

JOHN OWENS (Attorney)
Law offices of John Owens
P.O. Box 840136
St. Augustine, FL 32080

Phone: 904.599.2555
Email: jeowens@lawofficeofjohnowens.com
Website:
http://www.lawofficeofjohnowens.com
Practice Areas: Special education mediation, IEP facilitation, expert witness, FBA/BIP development, training programs, case management, alternate dispute resolution; former hearing officer of 17 years; former adjunct prof. for the state system of higheSpecial education law, business law, special needs planning.
Geographical Area:
Throughout the State of Florida

 

ROSEMARY N. PALMER (Attorney)
Attorney at Law
5260 Pimlico Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32309

Phone: 850.668.9203
Email: floridalawlady@gmail.com
Practice Areas: Special education and civil rights
Geographical Area:
Florida, Utah

 

 

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LILLY RANGEL-DIEZ (Advocate and Certified Paralegal)
Center for Education Advocacy, Inc.
5973 S.W. 42nd Terrace
Miami, FL 33155

Cell Phone: 786.253.3858
Email: lillyrdiaz@bellsouth.net
Website:
www.centerforeducationadvocacy.com/
Practice Areas: Working for the full inclusion of all children, youth and adults with disabilities in our society. All aspects of special education advocacy, including assistance with the filing of requests for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) due process hearing and mediation. Individualized effective advocacy techniques training. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) system advocacy. Our mission is for our clients to have access to culturally competent individualized educational and rehabilitation services and be fully included in our schools and communities, with the appropriate supports and services to be successful.
Geographical Area:
Miami-Dade County

 

 

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SIENNA ROSE (Advocate)
ESE SOS

Alachua County, FL 32643

Phone: 386.283.9715
Email: siennarose@esesos.org
Website: http://www.esesos.org
Practice Areas: Educational consultant and advocate for children with disabilities in the state of Florida. Florida license in school counseling and exceptional student ed., which is special education in Florida.
Geographical Area:
Florida
Other: If your child has or may have a disability, and requires special instruction and related services, don't deal with the schools alone. Call me, or call another advocate-never assume they have your child's interest in mind.

 

KIMBERLEY SPIRE-OH (Attorney)
Law Office of Kimberley Spire-Oh, PA

4440 PGA Boulevard, Suite 600
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Phone: 561.623.8370
Fax:561.537.7034
Email: kimberley@ksolawfirm.com
Practice Areas: Representing students and families in education law matters, including IEP and 504 meetings, ESE and gifted eligibility determinations, disciplinary actions, due process and civil litigation.
Geographical Area:
Based in Palm Beach County, but work throughout Florida, including Martin, St. Lucie, and Broward counties. I frequently collaborate with colleagues from Special Education Law & Advocacy.

Other: I am the mother of a twice-exceptional child and an individual with a disability, so I have personal experience as well as professional expertise regarding these issues.

 

LORING SPOLTER (Attorney)
Loring N. Spolter, P.A.
The Victoriana Building
1301 East Broward Blvd., #330
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone:
954.728.3494
Fax: 954.563.2252
Email: spolterlaw@aol.com
Website: spolterlaw.com
Practice Areas: SCHOOL LAW: IEP's, 504 Plans, bullying & hazing issues; CRIMINAL DEFENSE: Representing "special needs" clients, such as those with ADD/ ADHD; Asperger's Syndrome; Autism; Cognitive / Intellectual Impairment; Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; Obsessive Compulsive Disorders; Oppositional Defiant Disorder; and other types of Neurological, Behavioral and Learning Disabilities. (former proseuctor in New York City at the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office); EMPLOYMENT LAW: representing victims of employment discrimination, including employees having disabities and "healthy" parents who have been fired, demoted or otherwise discriminated against because they have "special needs" family members. CRIME VICTIM LITIGATION: People with disabilties are at high-risk to be victimized (sex crimes, assualts, batteries, financial cirmes) by neighbors, "friends of the family"; relatives and others. See SPOLTERLAW.com, my website, for informative information on these and other areas of law. For free, print out the available ID Supplment (helps prevent wrongful arrests)for persons with ADD / ADHD and Aserger's Syndrome / Autism.

Licensed throughout the State of Florida - providing representation state-wide. outside Florida, I am available to assist as a consultant to other attorneys or as co-counsel.

Geographical Area:
Florida

 

MARGARET WRIGHT (Advocate)
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone: 561.396.3644
Email: cabotcove2001@yahoo.com
Practice Areas: Juvenile Justice, Education and Disability Law
Geographical Area: Palm Beach County
Other: Non-Licensed Attorney.

 

NANCY WRIGHT (Attorney)
Nancy E. Wright, Attorney at Law
3231 NW 47th Place
Gainesville, FL 32605

Phone: 352.871.8255
Email: newright.law@gmail.comWebsite:
www.newrightlaw.com
Practice Areas: Medicaid & Special Education for Persons with Disabilities
Geographical Area: Florida

 

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