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California Association for Parent-Child Advocacy The California Association for Parent-Child Advocacy is a collaborative, statewide organization which monitors, analyzes, and responds to both legislative and policy initiatives which would affect the education and lifelong prospects for students with disabilities in California. CAPCA has evolved to be a strong voice in California for: • Special Education Parents • Disability Professionals • Special Education Attorneys CAPCA is an opportunity for members of the disability community to network, share information and resources, and participate in legislative issues and policy surrounding special education in California. We have a strong membership based of Attorneys, Advocates and Parents. If you would like more information about CAPCA please contact our Co-Chairs:  Maureen Graves : Roberta Savage : For membership related questions, please click here for the membe
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January 23, 2017 On January 20, 2017 CAPCA wrote the following memo  expressing our strong opposition to the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education: "Mrs. DeVos’s record and her responses during the HELP Committee hearing have brought together people with varying positions on school choice:  Whatever the theoretical virtues of choice, they cannot be realized in an uncontrolled, largely profit-driven system of the kind she did so much to bring to Michigan and now—despite failures there—seeks to scale up drastically.   In addition to substantive concerns, we are very concerned about the process that the HELP Committee has adopted.   There was insufficient time to ask about many important topics, and Ms. DeVos’s responses unfortunately made clear that detailed inquiry would have yielded even more alarming results. Page 1 of the  memo   includes the names and fax numbers of the members of the HELP Committee. Please write your own letter and fax/call as soo

What is CAPCA?

CAPCA provides a network of support for parents, professionals and attorneys who represent children with disabilities and their families.CAPCA provides several levels of support to its members, including active listservs, semiannual meetings, and a members section of the web site. Because CAPCA is a crucial organizational resource for our community, employees of school districts and governmental agencies working on disability fields cannot be included. If you are such a person and are sympathetic to CAPCA's goals and would like to be informed of its activities, please let us know and we will forward you information when possible. For more information about CAPCA or to become a member, please contact us. Membership/Listserv/Website:

Acceptable Use Policy

As the CAPCA listservs grow bigger we recognize the need to create an Acceptable Use Policy to protect the integrity of the CAPCA listservs and the privacy of posts submitted by its members. To view the policy, please click here

CMH Services

 CLICK HERE for CDE Letter re: Mental Health Contacts: Laura Faer, Public Counsel 213.385.2977 x113 Candis Bowles, Disability Rights California 213.427.8747 Jim Preis, Mental Health Advocacy Services 213.389.2077 John Sharer, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher 213.229.7476 Educationally-Related Mental Health Services Restored After Lawsuit Filed By Civil Rights Coalition November 2, 2010, LOS ANGELES —A federal court in Los Angeles today approved a stipulated injunction which will temporarily restore educationally-related mental health services to California and Los Angeles County students who require the services to stay in school. In California, these life-saving mental health services are commonly known as “AB 3632” services. A coalition --- consisting of Public Counsel, Disability Rights California, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. --- brought a statewide class action on October 21, 2010, against the Governor and various state and local de

View files on the listserv

To view files located on the listserv :  If you have not already done so, create a Google account (step 1 and 2). If you have a Google account, skip to step 3. Most of you signed up with a Google account when you joined the listserv.  Step 1:  Create a Google account- this is free. Make sure you open the Google account with the email address you used for the listserv. You can create a Google account here:   Step 2 :  To the email address you entered in step one you will receive a confirmation email that you want a Google account. Giving you a Google account does not give you a Gmail (email) account unless you choose that option.  Click the link to verify you do want an account.  If you do not receive the confirmation email, first check your junk filter (box) or refer to the help pages for Google   Step 3:  Then go to go to the Google Groups CAPCALAW or CAPCAWEB page. This can be found in the b

How to change my email address for the listserv

How to change my email address for the listserv Due to the protection and privacy policy of the CAPCA Listserv this can only be done by CAPCA. Please send an email to  indicating  which list you are a member of (CAPCA LAW or CAPCA WEB) the email address you currently use for the listserv the email address you would like to use  why you need to change (left previous firm, new law firm, using new email address, etc) Please note it can take up to a week for the change to take place