About 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.


She has 12 years of experience teaching, 13 years advocating for children with a variety of disabilities, and more than 14 years supporting and mentoring parents, as well as developing and presenting community awareness programs countywide as an Autism Society leader.


She is the mother of three young adults (one with autism), former Vice President of Autism Society of Santa Barbara and First Vice President of Autism Society of California, and a member of the Alliance of California Autism Organizations, Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys, and Women’s Organization for Special Education Professionals.

Sandy draws from this broad background and shares lessons learned while helping other parents become empowered members of their children’s planning teams.


  • Parent consultation
  • Review, organization, and summary of developmental and educational records
  • Research
  • Individual mentoring re: parent rights under state and federal law
  • Formal and informal correspondence
  • Attending meetings – IEPs, IPPs, parent conferences, consultations with private service providers