The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates’ mission is to be a national voice for special education rights and to promote excellence in advocacy. Their primary goal is to secure high quality educational services for children with disabilities.

The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) is premised on the belief that the key to effective educational programs for children with disabilities is collaboration -as equals- by parents and educators. This is the premise of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, the federal statutes that guarantee children with disabilities a free, appropriate public education.