"Mr. Nelson represented our daughter, who was inappropriately removed from her high school. Thanks to his advocacy, this injustice was reversed. He was highly professional, very competent and knowledgeable, and yet very compassionate. He listened and was totally attentive to detail. I don’t believe we would have had such a positive outcome if we had not been fortunate enough to have found Mr. Nelson." ~ Parent





On this webpage, I've included useful resources that will help you become a better advocate for your child. There are thousands of websites dedicated to the disability community that include helpful information about disabilities, education, the law, and advocacy. The purpose of this section is to provide high quality resources on topics parents frequently inquire about. Remember: If you need legal advice or an evaluation, there is no substitute for a free consultation.


California Department of EducationCalifornia Grade level Standards for reading, writing, and math
Individuals with Disabilities in Education ActThe federal law on special education rights
Wright's LawHelpful resource explaining the federal law on special education rights
Thomas Nelson Education ArticleHelpful article explaining California special education assessments
Wright's LawHelpful resource explaining the federal law on special education assessments
Protection & Advocacy Helpful resource explaining California law on special education assessments
Thomas Nelson Education ArticleHelpful article explaining IEPs
Wright's LawHelpful resource explaining the federal law on IEPs
Protection & Advocacy Helpful resource explaining California law on IEPs
COPAAInformation about Autism
COPAAInformation about Asperger Syndrome
COPAAInformation about Emotional Disturbance
COPAAInformation about Other Health Impaired
PubMed HealthInformation about ADD/ ADHD
COPAAInformation about Intellectual Disabilities
COPAAInformation about Speech Language
COPAAInformation about Specific Learning Disabilities
COPAAInformation about Dyslexia
COPAA Information about Epilepsy
PubMed HealthInformation about Down Syndrome
PubMed HealthInformation about Spina Bifida
Thomas Nelson Education ArticleArticle about California special education discipline laws, including the manifestation determination meeting
Protection & Advocacy Resource explaining California special education discipline laws
Thomas Nelson Education ArticleArticle explaining California general education discipline laws
California Education CodeThe specific acts that can lead to suspension or expulsion
From Emotions to AdvocacyAdvocacy guide for parents
National Association of Protection and Advocacy SystemsAdvocacy guide for parents
National Center for Learning DisabilitiesInformation about learning disabilities
PAI (Protection & Advocacy, Inc.)Information about legal rights
PHP (Parents Helping Parents)Informational resource for parents by parents
WrightslawInformation about special education laws
National Research Council: Educating Children with AutismArticles about educating children with autism
Families for Early Autism TreatmentInformation, education, advocacy and support
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)Information, education, advocacy and support
National Autism AssociationInformation, education, advocacy and support
National Down Syndrome SocietyInformation, education, advocacy and support
American Association on Mental Retardation (AAID)Information for families with intellectual disabilities
CHADDInformation about ADD and ADHD
Epilepsy FoundationInformation for families with epilepsy
Spina Bifida AssociationSupport to individuals with spina bifida and their families
Asperger SyndromeSupport to individuals with Asperger Syndrome and their families