About Barbara Major

Barbara Major is mom to 2 kids, one of whom has autism. She has a corporate background in educational technology where she worked over 10 years with educators to ensure student achievement. She transitioned out of corporate work to concentrate on helping her child with autism.

Like many parents of children with special needs she was led into advocacy when she needed to advocate for her own child.

Barbara received her certification as a Special Education Advocate from the University of San Diego. She worked as an independent special education advocate, worked for a special education law firm doing paralegal work and advocacy and is currently the lead advocate at the San Diego Special Education Advocate Team. This small group of advocate moms serve families throughout San Diego County.

Barbara has been doing advocacy and outreach for over 12 years.

She is the founder and facilitator of Parents as Peer Advocates – a group of parents in San Diego who gather to learn and support each other in their children’s special education. She is a member of COPAA, the council of parents, advocates and attorneys and participates in other law, advocacy and special needs groups. She is a highly rated speaker and enjoys sharing her humor and experience at parent groups and community events.

Barbara also enjoys fun time with her teen sons, (yes teenage boys can be fun!) photography, writing, book club with the girls, football season and quiet time with her husband.


  • Review educational records
  • Attend IEP and 504 meetings
  • School/classroom observations
  • Review private and/or school Assessment Reports (can do review of assessments as a standalone service)
  • In preparation for IEP advocates will propose goals, review supportive evidence and materials.
  • Draft letters and written requests to school
  • Draft complaints to the State Department of Education
  • Recommend a list of attorneys as needed