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ATPF School & Education Resources Program

Our School & Education Resources team of special education attorneys is planning four parent workshops for 2017. The purpose of these workshops is to provide parents with valuable information pertaining to current topics in special education and common scenarios that families with special needs face in schools. The Team will be available for questions and answers at the end of each workshop. Dates and venues to be announced.

Contact one of ATPF’s School & Education Resources Team members for a free initial consultation in the area of special education law and advocacy. They are available to assist with:

Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s)
504 Plans
Educational Assessments
Resolution Conferences
OAH Hearings
and more...

Meet our ATPF Team

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Cara Lucier, Esq.

After USD Law School, Cara began her career representing school districts in the areas of special education law, charter schools, and litigation. She represented school districts at IEP team meetings, mediations, due process hearings, and in Federal and state courts. When Cara’s son was diagnosed with Autism, Cara switched to assisting families with special needs. Cara is on the faculty at the University of San Diego, where she teachers Special Education Advocacy, Fundamental Legal Studies, Introduction to Law, and the Practice of Law. She is a Board Member for Autism Tree Project Foundation and was the Co-Chair of the Early Intervention Committee for the California State Senate Autism Task Force for South Counties. Cara is frequently asked to teach legal trainings and seminars in the area of education and disabilities law. | 760-717-3451


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Helen Ghio, Esq.

A 2001 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, Helen began her law career in real estate has worked at Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, Chicago Title Company, and Hovey & Kirby. She has been advocating for her son since he was born with cerebral palsy and other disabilities in 2002. Helen and her husband Chris Ghio have been involved with ATPF since its inception in 2003. She previously served on several nonprofit boards of directors and currently is involved with various other nonprofit organizations. Helen has also been a mentor in ATPF’s Parent Mentor Program for several years. She joined forces with Cara Lucier’s firm in 2015. | 619-222-8300


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Victoria Ikerd-Schreiter, Esq. | 619-429-9355

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Since 2011, ATPF's team of legal experts have donated more than $60,000 worth of legal services back to ATPF families!