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Contact P.O. Box 3000 Purcellville, VA 20134 Phone: 540-338-5600 Fax: 540-338-2733
When two attorneys and homeschooling dads—Mike Farris and Mike Smith—founded Home School Legal Defense Association in March 1983, homeschooling was just a tiny blip on the educational radar screen. The age-old concept of parents teaching their children at home had fallen into obscurity. Families who chose such a “nontraditional” education route often encountered opposition, sometimes even legal challenges, from the educational bureaucracy as well as from their own friends and relatives.
Seeing a need for affordable legal advocacy, the two Mikes joined forces to establish a nonprofit ministry to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. (See our mission).
Through the years, HSLDA’s primary goal has remained the same—to bring together a large number of homeschooling families so that each can have a low-cost method of obtaining quality legal defense. Today, HSLDA gives tens of thousands of families the freedom to homeschool without having to face legal threats alone. Through many families sticking together, we have been able to keep the cost of a year’s membership close to the rate that a family would have to pay for an hour of an attorney’s time almost anywhere else.
“I had no idea how successful homeschooling was going to be for our family when we started. We had hoped that it would work out and that God would bless it. God’s blessings have been a lot bigger and better than I could have ever imagined.”
“My wife and I are so grateful for having been able to homeschool our children, and I love being part of the effort to preserve that freedom for the next generation.”
After a family joins HSLDA, there are no further charges of any kind for defending them in court. HSLDA pays in full all attorney fees, expert witness costs, travel expenses, and all other court costs permissible by state law for us to pay.
The vast majority of contacts member families face are successfully resolved through our early intervention without any court action. Many times, our team of HSLDA attorneys simply call or write letters on behalf of members contacted by local officials. For those who wind up in court, HSLDA provides full representation at every stage of legal proceedings.
Member families receive not merely numerous valuable, tangible benefits, but also the invaluable and intangible blessing of defending liberty—for their own children and for future generations.
Peace of mind. Protection. 24/7.
Divisions and programs of HSLDA
We have established a number of divisions and programs to better serve our members, as well as to support the homeschooling community at large. Several of these are highlighted below:
- Federal Relations
- International Department
- Issues & Research Library
- @home e-vents webinars
- HSLDA Online Academy
- Contests for homeschooled students
- Group Services
- Homeschooling news sources-from breaking updates to in-depth analysis:
- Personal consultation available for members:
- Exclusively for members:
About HSLDA membership
What is the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)?
Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and to protect family freedoms. We provide homeschooling-related legal advice and representation to our over 80,000 member families, promote homeschool-friendly legislation at the state and federal levels, and offer information and resources to encourage and support all homeschoolers.
What legal services does HSLDA provide to members?
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What services does HSLDA provide to nonmembers?
How much does it cost to join?
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Why do I have to fill out a membership application in order to join?
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Will you sell, share, or give out my address information?
Is my membership and application information kept confidential?
I am an HSLDA member. How do I contact HSLDA in a legal emergency?
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I would like to homeschool my child. How do I start?
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Contact Phone: 1- 866-960-9440 ext3
What is PICC LEAH?
PICC LEAH is special needs support and resources available to LEAH member families who are homeschooling children with special learning needs.
What does PICC LEAH consider a child with special learning needs?
A child with special learning needs is a child who has a condition (labeled or not) that causes them to have a learning struggle. Struggles can be big or small, physical or mental, or a combination of any or all of these.
Who can access PICC LEAH?
PICC LEAH is accessible to any current LEAH member family homeschooling a child with special learning needs in New York. LEAH Parents’ homeschooling a child with special learning needs are welcome to contact PICC LEAH. We serve members who have children with a wide range of conditions (ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Blind – Vision Impaired, Dyslexia, Learning Disabled – Learning Differently, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impaired, Speech Delay, PDD-NOS, etc).
How do you access PICC LEAH?
LEAH members can access PICC LEAH resources and support through the LEAH Special Needs Coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone 1-866-960-9440 ext. 3. LEAH membership will be verified.
If you are not a LEAH Member, you can join LEAH by clicking the green JOIN NOW button at the top of this web page. If you are a former LEAH members can rejoin by clicking https://www.leah.org/get-connected/ and contacting the LEAH Regional Representative for your area of NY.
What resources are available through PICC LEAH?
LEAH Members may request a PICC LEAH Support and Resources Packet with information on resources listed below from the LEAH Special Needs Coordinator https://www.leah.org/parents-instructing-challenged-children/contact-picc/).
- The PICC Lending Library The PICC Lending Library contains a wide variety of books, audio and video tapes, CD’s, CD-ROM’s, DVD’s, and small therapy items which can be borrowed for a small fee.
- PICC Confidential On-Line Yahoo Group The PICC Confidential On-Line Yahoo Group is by invitation ONLY! Its purpose is to provide LEAH members with 24/7 support including Special Education Notifications, regulatory issues, Homeschool reminders, warnings, helps, tips, resources, special needs homeschool Q&As, etc. A LEAH family can request an invite to join this group from the LEAH Special Needs Coordinator (https://www.leah.org/parents-instructing-challenged-children/contact-picc/). This on-line group is confidential and cannot be found via a search of Yahoo Groups.
- The Listening Program® by Advanced Brain Technologies LEAH members may purchase The Listening Program® (http://a.advancedbrain.com/tlp/products.jsp), access it through TLP Online (purchase of access through Advanced Brain Technologies required), or through the PICC LEAH Lending Library on a first come first serve basis. Families are encouraged to support PICC LEAH by making a suggested donation of $75 to LEAH for PICC LEAH to support this ministry. *Eligibility rules apply.
- inTime® by Advanced Brain Technologies LEAH members may purchase the inTime® program (http://a.advancedbrain.com/tlp/inTime.jsp). inTime® is a rhythm based listening therapy program with support activities. Families are encouraged to support PICC LEAH by making a suggested donation of $75 to LEAH for PICC LEAH to support this ministry. *Eligibility rules apply.
- Learning Ears® by Moyers Learning Systems LEAH members may purchase the Learning Ears® Program (www.moyerslearningsystems.com). This is an ear-voice training program that especially beneficial for children with phonemic awareness problems. This program is done in conjunction with The Listening Program®. *Eligibility rules apply.
- Test of Auditory and Visual Skills® (TAVS) by Advanced Brain Technologies TAVS is a formal norm referenced screening tool for assessing low level auditory and visual processing skills that are well understood to be vital for the higher development of phonological awareness, speech, reading, memory, attention and other areas. TAVS can help parents better understand the challenges that their students may behaving within the classroom and then seek appropriate intervention(s) that can help their student(s). This testing is available by appointment only. Families are encouraged to support PICC LEAH by making a suggested a donation of $30 for the TAVS Quick Screen or $50 for the TAVS Full-Screen to LEAH for PICC LEAH to help support this ministry. *Eligibility rules apply. For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact the LEAH Special Needs Coordinator (https://www.leah.org/parents-instructing-challenged-children/contact-picc/).
- Special Needs Homeschool phone, SKYPE, and email support
- PICC LEAH Academic Enrichment Programs that award certificates to participating LEAH students.
- NY Special Needs Provider Database PICC LEAH maintains a database of homeschool friendly NY special-needs service providers.
- Special Needs Workshops via SKYPE PICC LEAH can provide Special Needs Workshops via SKYPE to local LEAH chapters.
Please consider making a donation any amount to LEAH designated for PICC LEAH to help continue this ministry to Special Needs Homeschool Families in NY by clicking DONATE ONLINE (https://leah.webconnex.com/supportLEAH ).