Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc.

  • Towson, MD
  • www.copaa.org

Mission Statement

COPAA's mission is to be a national voice for special education rights and to promote excellence in advocacy. Our primary goal is to secure high quality educational services for children with disabilities. COPAA is premised on the belief that the key to effective educational programs for children with disabilities is collaboration -as equals- by parents and educators. This is the premise of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, the federal statutes that guarantee children with disabilities a free, appropriate public education.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer

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COUNCIL OF PARENT ATTORNEYS AND ADVOCATES, INC.

Keywords

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special education advocacy,rights, disability

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Also Known As

COPAA

EIN

65-0877085

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

COPAA's chief concern is that parents of children with disabilities have equal access to established legal protections by ensuring the availability and quality of legal and advocacy resources for parents of children with all types of disabilities. COPAA's programs: *Encourage more attorneys and advocates to undertake representation of parents of children with disabilities in their efforts to plan and obtain effective educational programs; *Provide advocate, attorney, parent and other professional COPAA members with the practical resources and information they need to obtain effective educational programs for students with disabilities; *Enable members to network and share information and legal resources; *Provide training for lay advocates on all aspects of special education advocacy and informal conflict resolution; *Provide training for attorneys on legal practice: including due process, litigation, and informal conflict resolution; *Enable parents to locate advocates and attorneys through COPAA's website directory; *Files amicus curiae briefs in cases of national significance. The organization does not provide direct services, individual advocacy or representation to children with disabilities. COPAA does not limit its interest to any particular type of disability.

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COUNCIL OF PARENT ATTORNEYS AND ADVOCATES, INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc.

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