Annual California Association for Parent-Child Advocacy (CAPCA) Conference

Friday, August 9, 2019 and Saturday, August 10, 2019

The HELP Group Sherman Oaks West Campus

13130 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

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 CAPCA is an all-volunteer state-wide organization that brings together parents, advocates, and attorneys to engage in legislative and policy advocacy to protect the rights of, and address matters that concern, students with disabilities in California.  CAPCA is having an annual conference on Friday, August 9, 2019 and Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the HELP Group's Sherman Oaks West Campus.  There will be a    no-host networking dinner on Friday night (location TBA).  Lunches will provide opportunities for organizing as well as regional and disability specific networking.  There will be 18 different speakers from both Southern and Northern California.  Topics include 9th Circuit, CA District Court, CA State Court and When/How to Proceed in Court, Amicus Resources, Augumentative and Alternative Communication, Transition Services/Graduation, CA Autism Services Today and Dealing with Non-LEA Agencies and Insurance, Settling Merits and Fees, Representing Students of Color, Immigrants, and Language Minority Students and Families, Analyzing Reading Deficits, Curricula, and Methodology After Endrew F, and Developments in Serving Students with Mental Health Needs.  There will be a General CAPCA Meeting on Saturday afternoon following with Initial Committee Meetings.   

This conference is open to lawyers and non-lawyers advocates who represent students and parents and who do not represent school districts or regional centers.  We also invite students, family members, and friends who have basic background in special education processes and law and whose presence would not pose conflicts of interest.   

Cost: $125 for currently-paid CAPCA attorney members, $150 for non-CAPCA attorneys; $100 for non-lawyer advocates, and $75 for parents/other family members.  The per-person cost covers lunch and snacks for both days, materials, and one free year of CAPCA list-serve access (pending vetting and approval).  Checks should be made payable to "CAPCA" and sent to Miho Murai, CAPCA Treasurer, to 1525 N. Alvarado St. #26543, Los Angeles, CA 90026 no later than Friday, August 2, 2019.  A request for a partial waiver of fees can be made on the online registration link (see link above) and must be made no later than July 31, 2019.  Credit card payments can be made online at the link above.  

To Register:  Please see the link above.  If disability accommodations are needed, please request them on the online registration form no later than July 31, 2019.  If you have any questions about registration or payment, please contact Miho Murai at

**Past Events**

Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting

Friday, May 17, 2019 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Office of Administrative Hearings

15350 Sherman Way, Suite 300

Van Nuys, CA 91406

This meeting will NOT be web cast but members from the public can attend in person. 

The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide non-binding recommendations to the Office of Administrative Hearings 
for improvements to the special education hearing (i.e. due process hearing) and mediation process.
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COPAA Day of Service

MLK Day 2016: Working Together for Hope, Opportunity, Justice

Monday, January 18, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Braun Center at Villa Esperanza

2060 E. Villa Street, Pasadena, CA 

FREE EVENT for parents of students with disabilities!! 

FREE COPAA membership available to Parents who attend!!

Talks throughout the day about parent rights and special education; 
Q & A sessions with advocates and attorneys; 
Resources and information about special education

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Understanding Special Education Due Process

Speaker: Richard Breen, Regional Presiding ALJ

Saturday, March 8, 2014

10:00 am to 12 noon

Glendale Public Library Auditorium, 222 E. Harvard St., 2nd Floor, Glendale, CA 91205

FREE EVENT!!!  To RSVP, email by 2/28/14

Education Law Clinic

Friday, June 8, 2012 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Where: Community Lawyers, Inc., 1216 E. Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90221 

To make an appointment, please call Judith at the Community Lawyers, Inc. at 310-635-8181. 

California Foster Youth Education Summit: Cradle to College & Career

February 7-8, 2011

Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento, CA

I will be co-presenting a workshop entitled, "Advocating for Foster Youth with Special Needs" on 2/7/11 at 1:00 pm.

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