Advocacy Agencies & Resources

Adams Esquire L.A. ~ (Ask for ProBono Services on Contingency – Sometimes take Special Education Mediation or Hearing Cases):

Murrell Adams opened the law firm of ADAMS ESQ in October of 2002. Ms. Adams’ experiences in advocating for a child with exceptional needs compelled her to establish a special education law practice. The attorneys and staff of ADAMS ESQ are committed to improving the lives of children with disabilities by advocating for free and appropriate education.


Area Board 10 was created by state law in 1969 to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families get the services they need. The mission of the Area Board is to protect and advocate for the civil, legal, and service rights of persons with developmental disabilities, and to ensure that the support and services they receive are of the highest possible quality.


Bet Tzedek Legal Services relentlessly pursue justice. For the poor, the disadvantaged, the sick and the elderly, justice is far too often something that doesn’t belong to them. So Bet Tzedek, the House of Justice, steps in to give them an equal voice, a fair shot.


California State Legislature (find your local representative by zip code):

Enter your California address and click the locate button to find your State Senate and Assembly representatives. This site is to be used for informational purposes only. To accurately determine your district please contact your local county registrar or elections department. The maps and information shown in this site are based on the districts established by the 2011 redistricting, except as otherwise noted. As a result of redistricting, your area may be represented by two Senators, or may not be represented by any Senator, during the 2013-14 legislative session.


Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) seeks to promote change primarily in government agencies and other institutions by establishing precedent-setting court cases, and by educating the disability, business, government, education, cancer and legal communities to avoid common issues that result in discrimination. DRLC trains local government and people with disabilities, and has close working relationships with disability commissions and grassroots disability organizations. They partner with other public interest law offices and private law firms to litigate systemic issues and legislative advocacy efforts.

Disability Rights of California (DRC) advocates, educates, investigates and litigates to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities. They envision a barrier-free, inclusive, diverse world that values each individual and their voice. In this world, all people with disabilities enjoy the power of equal rights and opportunities, dignity, choice, independence and freedom from abuse, neglect and discrimination.


DREDF – Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund –The mission of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund is to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development. They work to replace this legacy with the core principles of equality of opportunity, disability accommodation, accessibility, and inclusion by employing the following strategies.

Evaluation for Special Education and Related Services – The evaluation process is guided by requirements intheirnation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This section of NICHCY’s website will help you learn more about what these requirements are.


FVCA-Family Voices of California (FVCA) is a statewide grassroots clearinghouse for information and education about ways to assure and improve health care for children with disabilities and chronic conditions. FVCA was established through the linkage of Family Voices National and the Family Resource Centers Network of California. The FVCA Council is made up agencies from across the state that represents urban, suburban and rural areas in 36 counties.

 The Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) oversees all HMOs in California and some other kinds of health plans. The information in this section can help you understand different types of health plans and compare plans. There is also information for people who are not insured. This website can help you learn about keeping your group health plans or buying individual health insurance. Group health insurance is health insurance you have through an employer or union. Individual health insurance is health insurance you buy on your own.

 Housing Rights Center (HRC) is the nation’s largest nonprofit, civil-rights organization dedicated to promoting and securing fair housing. HRC actively supports and promotes freedom of residence through education, advocacy and litigation, to the end that all persons have the opportunity to secure the housing they desire and can afford, without discrimination based on their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, familial status, marital status, disability, ancestry, age, source of income, or other characteristics protected by law.


Lanterman Rights – This Manual has one purpose: to help you understand some of your rights as a person with developmental disabilities in California. The Manual focuses on your rights to supports and services under the Lanterman Act — your rights with the regional center and service providers.

Lanterman Rights & Responsibilities


Learning Rights Law Center (LRLC), officially founded in 2005, is an independent non-profit organization, whose sole mission is ensuring that all students are provided with equitable access to the public education system, with a focus towards students involved in the welfare and/or juvenile justice systems; students with learning disabilities and/or learning difficulties; and students not accessing the public school system because of language, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, homeless or inadequate facilities. The following mechanisms combine to deliver service: advocacy and policy work; education and training; litigation; and development of materials.

Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center (LACRC) is part of a statewide system of regional resource centers created by California legislation passed in 1984 and designed to assist families and caregivers of adults with brain impairment. The Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center assists those who care for adults who are permanently brain impaired after age 18. All who reside in Los Angeles County are eligible for some or all of the services.


Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1977 to provide free legal services to people with mental and developmental disabilities. MHAS is sponsored by the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations and the Mental Health Association in California. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination.

Office of Client’s Rights Advocacy (OCRA) is part of Disability Rights California. OCRA has a Clients’ Rights Advocate (CRA) at each regional center to help support the needs of regional center consumers.


Partners in Policymaking – Twenty five years ago, the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities created a ground-breaking, innovative training program called Partners in Policymaking to teach parents and self-advocates the power of advocacy to change the way people with disabilities are supported, viewed, taught, live and work. During the past two decades, important issues have been confronted and dramatic changes have been made.


People First of California – After generations of being invisible People First of California has joined together, with their OWN voice to inspire and educate each other “peer to peer” throughout the state, to start People First chapters. They train, inform, and support all people with developmental disabilities to helptheirpeers learn to speak up for themselves, knowtheirrights and responsibilities, make decisions and solve problems, and, stand together in unity, to taketheirrightful place in the world. htm


Special Education Rights Manual – Manuals on California’s disabilities rights acts. Lists the Special Education Rights and Responsibilities for all California citizens.


TASK Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to enable individuals with disabilities to reach their maximum potential by providing them, their families and the professionals who serve them with training, support, information, resources and referrals, and by providing community awareness programs. Initially, the primary focus was on children three to 21 years of age, but services evolved to include all ages, especially in the TASK Technology Center.


Wrightslaw-Special Education Law – Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. Begin your search in the Advocacy Libraries and Law Libraries, which include thousands of articles, cases, and resources about dozens of topics.

Learning Disability Resources

At Lindamood Bell Learning Processes  we believe, passionately, that all children and adults can be taught to read and comprehend to their potential. We identify strengths and weaknesses that may be be affecting school performance in reading, comprehension, and math. Our instruction is based on an individual’s learning needs. Some students come to us with previous diagnoses such as dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, or general learning challenges—and we make a difference for each of them. Some students seek our help to enhance their skills or to just make learning easier—and we do.

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association provides information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder lead better lives. They provide hope, empowerment and connections worldwide by bringing together science and the human experience for both adults with ADHD and professionals who serve them.

National Center for Learning Disabilities has a comprehensive online resource that empowers parents of children with learning and attention issues.


National Resource Center on AD/HD provides resources for individuals with ADD and AD/HD. They provide guidelines for medications, treatments, and diagnoses for ADD and AD/HD.


Teaching LD – The Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) is one of 17 special interest groups of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, including both students with disabilities and the gifted. Since 1983, DLD has worked on behalf of students with learning disabilities and the professionals who serve them to meet the needs of more millions of school-aged children and youth currently identified as having learning disabilities in the United States.