Special Education Legal Fund (S.E.L.F.) provides grants for legal assistance to economically disadvantaged families with children in special education seeking to protect their rights under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, 1990). Special Education Legal Fund was founded by parents for parents to provide financial assistance in the special education legal process. S.E.L.F. seeks to level the playing field so all families are represented in the special education system....
Special Education Legal Fund (S.E.L.F.) provides grants for legal assistance to economically disadvantaged families with children in special education seeking to protect their rights under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, 1990). Special Education Legal Fund was founded by parents for parents to provide financial assistance in the special education legal process. S.E.L.F. seeks to level the playing field so all families are represented in the special education system.
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Christine Lai Executive Director Reformed hedge fund insurance analyst turned autism & special education advocate

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Alonso Martinez

The Special Education Legal Fund (SELF) can fulfill a great need for low income families of children with special needs and is led by two remarkably capable women, Christine Lai and Ulrika Drinkal. I have worked closely with them as members of the board of Abilis, an NGO supporting people with special needs throughout their lives. I am the current chair, Christine was the former chair and Ulrika is the secretary of the Abilis board. We have all been and seen other families deal with the struggle of getting an appropriate education for their special needs children and cant imagine how hard it must be for families than don't have the means to get legal advise and help when required. SELF will fill this need and with Christine and Ulrika at the helm will do so efficiently and effectively.

Finally, as a Senior Lecturer at CBS I know the Tamer Center well and have leveraged its resources multiple times. I highly recommend SELF for Tamer Center support.

Sincerely,
Alonso Martinez

Weston Hicks

I've known Christine Lai for the past 25+ years ... we worked together at Sanford Bernstein in the early 1990s in equity research. Christine is extremely bright, highly principled, and goal-oriented person that "gets it done." She has dedicated most of her adult life to support autism and special education, and her latest efforts here will continue her record of supporting these causes.