Thriving Special Families

"Unmasking" Due Process for Families

April 21, 2021 Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLP Season 1 Episode 18
Thriving Special Families
"Unmasking" Due Process for Families
Show Notes

Sometimes as parents we find ourselves in disagreement with our child's IEP Team. What are our options? One option is filing a due process complaint.

Join us with our guest Thomas S. Nelson, Esq. (The Special Education Advocacy & Law Firm of Thomas S. Nelson) as he helps to "unmask" due process for special needs families.

Know your rights and help your child access the education they deserve.

Thomas Nelson

As a practicing attorney for more than 35 years. Mr. Nelson has had the privilege of representing countless children with varying educational needs. He is a two-time recipient of the Wiley Manuel award for his cost-free representation of foster children with special needs.

Mr. Nelson is also an active collaborator in the special needs community, and has presented live workshops for advocates and community parent groups such as CHADD, Autism Society, TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), Learning Disabilities Association, Epilepsy Foundation, Spina Bifuda foundation, Down Syndrome Society, Dyslexia Association, San Diego Foster Family Association, Walden Family Services, and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Association, among others.

In the summer 2021, Mr. Nelson will launch his special education rights training website, IEP Solution ( ) , whereby he will continue his tradition of helping the special needs community through advocacy training for advocates, parents, professionals and educators.

Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP

The owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at

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