Linking families and individuals with autism to services, care, support and learning resources for more than 10 years.

Law Office of Melanie Segal

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I would like to introduce myself, my name is Melanie Segal. My motto: “If at first you don’t succeed, perseverate!” My mission: to provide a voice to children who can not represent themselves and to provide effective and affordable legal services to their families.
I am a special education attorney, meaning I secure funding from school districts and Regional Centers for services (like yours) mandated for children who have special needs. Upon first glance, it may seem at odds for a special needs advocacy lawyer to be promoting perseveration when the programs I secure funding for are promoting its extinction, however, the meaning behind my motto is this:
If a child is denied appropriate intervention services (or assessment/eligibility) from a state or federally funded source, then that child is being denied his or her due process rights that are protected under the law. As we all know, in education cases, especially those involving children with autism, time is of the essence and early intervention is crucial.
Funding sources such as school districts, Regional Centers and insurance companies are faced with the same economic downturn as the rest of our nation. It is quite the conundrum: Economic resources are sparse; yet intervention services are costly. While budget cuts may be a reality, so are the state and federal protections that are in place for our children. If and when their rights are infringed upon, it is my duty to ensure that protective laws are complied with and done so in a timely manner.
I am the voice for children and their families and am here in spite of budget cuts and crisis to ensure that rights are not denied under the guise of same. I have been representing children with disabilities for over 10 years. In addition to offering affordable legal services, I consult with various service agencies throughout the state to provide free legal information and answer questions for newly-diagnosed and veteran parent groups.
To see my full mission statement, venues presented at or fill out a request for me to do a free speaking engagement for families that you know, please visit my website at www. or call or email me personally at 310-442-0700 and/or Parents need to know that services and rights are still in place, even if they are being told otherwise. I am here to tell them how. I offer free consultation services and parent training seminars. Please let me know if you are interested in having me present to your client base or someone in need that you know. I can also add your company as a link to my website if you are interested. Thank you most sincerely for your time and attention, I look forward to meeting with you, your clients and every family out there who is facing denials or service decreases as a result of California budget cutsLegal