Education and Advocacy

 Learn all about the education services for children with Autism in Arizona.

To find your school district look up online at Arizona Department of Education or call 602-542-5393.

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Exceptional Student Services
Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin 24
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
ESS Tel: (602) 542-4013
TTY: 1-800-842-4681
Toll Free: (1-800) 352-4558
Fax: (602) 542-5404

Raising Special Kids

5025 E Washington St, Suite 204  Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone: 602-242-4366; 800-237-3007   Fax: 602-242-4306
Contact: Joyce Millard-Hoie, Executive Director

Arizona Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP) information can be found at:

Once your child is evaluated for Special Ed services you will have an IEP meeting to determine goals and what placement is appropriate for your child’s needs.

For more information on IEP’s and Special Education Law visit:

Wrights Law YouTube Channel is a great resource.

Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities.  All the information you need, in one place.  Attorneys, advocates, therapists, disability information groups, evaluators, tutors. support groups, advocacy groups and state agencies.

Empowerment Scholarship Program is a program that allows parents to send their children to private school using public dollars.  Here is a link to learn about the program:

Educational Links

Wrights Law is a great resource on education, 504s and IEPs.

Wrights Law YouTube Channel is a great resource.

Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities.  All the information you need, in one place.  Attorneys, advocates, therapists, disability information groups, evaluators, tutors. support groups, advocacy groups and state agencies.

Letter from US Dept of Education on the need for speech services for kids on the spectrum. US-Dept-Education-ASD-Services-Letter

The Miller Method (educational) –

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) –

TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped CHildren) –  TEACCH is an evidence-based service, training, and research program for individuals of all ages and skill levels with autism spectrum disorders.

Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center –  The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center (ITAC) on Autism and Developmental Disabilities at AUCD is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, ASDs and other developmental disabilities.

National Autism Center –    Evidence-based practices.

The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center –

Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence (OCALI) –

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates –

Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped –
Easter Seals of Arizona-
Infant Child Research Programs, Arizona State University –
Southwest Human Development Early Intervention Program –

Educational Book Recommendations:
The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Education Child – Lawrence Siegel, 2007 ed
You’re Going to Love this Kid: Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom– Paula Kluth
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition –Pam Wright & Pete Wright
Special Education Law – Peter & Pam Wright
The Complete IEP Guide (2007 Edition), Lawrence Siegel
Autism: Asserting your Child’s Rights to a Special Education, David A. Sherman
The Paraprofessional’s Guide to the Inclusive Classroom by Mary Beth Doyle

The following is a list of professionals who advocate for, or provide Special Education legal services for families with children on the Spectrum.

Note: The information and materials available from the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix (AS-GP) are only for the purpose of providing general knowledge. None of the information and materials are substitutes for legal, medical, or any other professional advice. You should contact an attorney, or other professional to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. The information provided is based on the recommendations of individual authors and have not been independently verified by the AS-GP or any of its members. The information provided does not convey that any of these professionals are endorsed or recommended by the AS-GP. Families must do their own due diligence in selecting someone to do business with.

Amy Langerman, ESQ, Attorney
Phone: 619-437-4579 E-mail:

Arizona’s Advocates
-Elaine Berkley Phone: 602-403-4312 E-mail:
-Jill Pearns Phone: 480-248-0740 E-mail:

A Voice For You/Special Education Advocacy
9204 S Shannon Drive Tempe, AZ 85284 Phone: 480- 220-4417 Fax: 480-963-5240
Email: Contact: Lori A Bird, Esq. Special Education Advocate

AZ Parent Advocate
Anthem, AZ 85086 Phone: 602-402-9510 Fax: 866-742-8185
E-mail: Web:

Barry E. Lewin, P.C., Attorney
202 E. Earll Drive Suite 490, Phoenix AZ 85012 Phone: 602-325-1141 Fax: 602-279-1520
E-mail: Web:

Dawn Dolinski, M.Ed.
636 E. Calle Del Norte, Chandler AZ 85225
Phone: 480-309-4607 E-mail:

David Jefferson, Advocate
Office: 1815 E Queen Creek Rd, Suite 1, Chandler Phone: 480-382-4020
E-mail: Web:

Educational Options Associates

10575 N 114th Str, Suite 103 Scottsdale, AZ 85259 Phone: 480-451-4682
E-mail: Web:

Faith Thaw, Advocate
6309 E Carolina Dr Scottsdale, AZ 85254 Phone: 480-560-8696 Fax: 480-629-5963
E-mail: Web:

Janice Lee, Advocate
3851 E. Thunderbird Rd, #158 Phoenix, AZ 85032
Phone: 602- 309-1111 Email:

Jeri Goldstein, LPC, Advocate
4425 E Agave Rd Phoenix, AZ 85044 Phone: 480-753-5045 Fax: 480-759-9391

Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, Attorneys
8900 East Pinnacle Peak Rd. Suite D-250 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 Phone: 480-585-0600
Fax: 480-585-0622 Web:

Lucy Keough, Attorney
7000 N. 16th Str, Suite 120-301 Phoenix, AZ 85020 Phone: 602-997-7367
Fax: 602-997-7467 E-mail:

Richard Murphy, Attorney
1928 E. Highland Ave. Suite F104-278 Phx, 85016 Phone: 602-296-4962
E-mail: Web:

Ricki Light, Advocate
4848 East Cactus Road, Suite 948
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Cell phone:  602 538-7493

Sheri Bowes, Advocate
Phone: 602-697-5201 E-mail:

Susan Marks & Advocates, PLLC
3260 N. Hayden Road, Suite 210
Scottsdale, AZ   85251
Phone: (480) 459-2403
Fax: (480) 567-0226

Tamara Ballou, Advocate
Phone: 602-614-9002 E-mail:

Wendy S. Laskin, Attorney
P.O. Box 47207 Phoenix, AZ 85068 Phone: 602-370-2739 Fax: 602-864-6616

The ABC’s of Special Education Conference (Available for viewing by members of our organization. Email Cynthia Macluskie for the password)