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Does your child have any of the following disabilities?

  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech/language impairments
  • Intellectual disability
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments (limitations in strength, vitality, or alertness, including AD/HD)
  • Visual impairments
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Autism
  • Asperger syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury

Does this disability adversely affect your child's educational performance?

Is your child being served satisfactorily by your school district?

LET US ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS. Call 888 IDEA-ADA (888-4332-232), or contact us for more information.

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A2Z Educational Advocates

Every Child Deserves a Certain Amount of Dignity

 

About Us

What do you do when you discover your child has special needs? You're shell-shocked, you're frightened, and you're wondering how this could have happened to you. Where do you turn? How do you begin the process of reorienting your life and learning about things you never imagined you'd have to know? You're frustrated and overwhelmed. This isn't the life you imagined, this isn't the child you imagined. You feel isolated and unsure. How do you move forward? How do you secure the educational and other support services necessary to enable your child to progress and succeed? Ask A2Z Educational Advocates. Each of us has confronted these questions with our own children, as well as with our clients. THIS IS WHO WE ARE; let us answer your questions:

N Jane DuBovy, M.A., J.D. Attorney at Law, Certified Mediator: When my son was diagnosed with Autism at age 3, I was temporarily defeated. I didn't know what to do or where to turn. I was lucky. Very quickly I plugged into a supportive network that strengthened my resolve to give my child the best opportunities available. My team developed a therapeutic approach that has resulted in my child being mainstreamed in the public school system. It wasn't easy. There were many obstacles placed before me, including the passage of time. I made full use of the expertise of my advocates. Based on my team's success, along with my standing as an attorney, I decided to become an advocate to fortify other parents in their fight against a stagnant and overwhelming system.

 

Carolina D. Watts, Education Advocate: Carolina Watts is an experienced and passionate advocate for students with disabilities, having first discovered her passion for advocacy 10 years ago while working in the Pepperdine Special Education Advocacy Clinic. During law school, Carolina was also actively involved in various student organizations, including the Advocates for Public Interest Law and served on the staff of the Pepperdine Law Review, which published her note on the issue of the liability of social services workers in cases involving child abuse related deaths.

At A2Z Educational Advocates, she advocates for parents and students throughout southern California. She has experience working with the team of attorneys and advocates at A2Z in all aspects of special education cases, from IEP meetings to Due Process hearings. She has also been actively involved in research and writing for A2Z’s cases at the Federal District Court and 9th Circuit levels.

Carolina is a frequent speaker on topics related to special education. She has been a presenter at the national conference for the Council of Parents, Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) on the a variety of subjects of related to special education, special education advocacy, and parents’ rights under the IDEA.. She has also co-presented webinar training sessions both for COPAA and for the Advocacy Institute; has presented at staff trainings for Disability Rights California; has been an invited guest speaker and panelist at Pepperdine’s School of Law, and has co-presented on the topic of Parent Rights at the National Conference for the 11q Research Group.

Carolina is also an active member of COPAA, which is a national independent, nonprofit organization of attorneys, advocates and parents. She serves as the co-chair of COPAA's Membership Committee, and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2011. In 2012, she was elected to the Executive Committee, and currently serves as Secretary.

Mandy Favaloro, J.D. Attorney at Law: Mandy Favaloro is an attorney with A2Z Educational Advocates. Ms. Favaloro is the Co-Chair of COPAA’s Training Committee and is a member of COPAA’s Board of Directors. Ms. Favaloro is admitted to practice law in the State of California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ms. Favaloro graduated magna cum laude from the University of Redlands with a B.A. in Government with honors. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and numerous local and national community service organizations. During college, Ms. Favaloro worked for the local school district providing reading intervention strategies to at-risk students. She graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005 with a Juris Doctor degree. While in law school she participated in the Special Education Advocacy Clinic.

Ms. Favaloro joined A2Z Educational Advocates in 2004 where she has advocated for parents of students with disabilities at all stages of the process including IEP meetings, mediations, due process hearings and in federal court proceedings. Ms. Favaloro prepared and delivered oral arguments in the Ninth Circuit of Appeals in a case involving a school district’s denial of a student’s access to school, and obtained a favorable opinion from the Ninth Circuit on the precedent setting issue of mootness of an IDEA claim upon the death of a student, and the court overturned the District Court’s aware of attorneys’ fees to the school district on that basis.

Ms. Favaloro has presented at the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) annual conferences on a variety of special education topics, including Independent Educational Evaluations, Methodology Disputes, Negotiation and Settlement Advocacy, Parent Participation in IEPs, and Advocacy Strategies. She has been a presenter for the Advocacy Institute’s Advocate Academy, a guest lecturer at Pepperdine University School of Law, as well as at training events for Disability Rights California, and other organizations.


Loren Recinos, Bi-lingual Education Advocate: Before I joined the A2Z team in December 2011, I was a paralegal volunteer at family law office and it was during my volunteer work that I met a mother who had a child with special needs. After she finished her story I realize that I wanted to help children like her son and soon after I joined A2Z.

During my training, I was unaware of how many children with special needs do not receive the appropriate educational and related services they require from the school system. Under the guidance of the attorneys and advocates, my mentors, at A2Z I was able to understand just how the system works. I began my task to research and learn more about special education, related services and advocacy to become a better and knowledgeable advocate for our clients.

As a bi-lingual advocate I am able to help our Spanish speaking clients whose children are more likely to fall through the cracks of the school system. Each case is different but I will dedicate myself to each and every case to assist, guide and be their voice to get the appropriate educational and related services for their children because helping families is my passion and A2Z allows me to dedicate my passion to each and every one of our clients and I hope to continue advocating for families for many more years to come.

LET US ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS. Call 888 IDEA-ADA (888-4332-232), or contact us for more information.

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