As part of our mission, we love to share advocates we meet in California.  It would not be appropriate for us to endorse or recommend one advocate over another.

Please listen to their stories, check out their websites and contact the advocate(s) that seem right for you.

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Amy Munera, president of the Autism Society of San Diego

Amy Munera is the current president of Autism Society San Diego, and has served on the board of directors for the past seven years. She is the mother of three autistic boys, ages 11,14, and 17, and is an active volunteer in the local autism community in San Diego County.
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Special Education Advocate Sandy Shove

Sandra Dixon Shove is a former elementary educator, a non-attorney special education advocate in private practice, and a longtime Autism Society affiliate leader.
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Special Education Advocate Mishon Johnson

Mishon Johnson, California native and mother of three boys first began advocating for her 2nd born son, Evan, who was diagnosed with Autism at the age for 2 in 2014. Evan was in early intervention at the age of 16 months when regression was noticed. The transition of advocating was helped tremendously by her extensive background in the child development field for over 15 years.
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Special Education Advocate Leigh Monichon

Leigh’s 25 years in special education advocacy began with her autistic son. He was in a low-expectation special day class with only four picture icons to communicate and now he attends a four-year university. This was due to extensive determination, persistence, and advocacy.
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Special Education Advocate Anne Zachry

Anne has been a special education and disability resource lay advocate since 1991, a paralegal since 2005, and an educational psychologist since 2013.
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Special Education Advocate Juliet Barraza

Juliet Barraza is the parent of two young boys, one of whom has developmental disabilities and epilepsy.