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Judy Ruffulo


Judy is a highly skilled non-attorney advocate and educational consultant with more than 15 years of experience serving families in Illinois. Her career has focused on educating parents about the rights of their disabled children and advocating for those rights in the schools.  She is a trained mediator through the Center for Conflict Resolution, has consulted for the Illinois State Board of Education on issues related to special education, a long-time board member of the Learning Disabilities Association and formed the Illinois Parent Education & Resource Center, a non-profit organization providing advocacy and training for parents of disabled students.  Her strong negotiating skills and calm demeanor bring about results-oriented IEPs and programming for her clients while protecting the fragile but vital school-family relationship.

In addition to completing hundreds of hours of special education training and professional development through Wrightslaw and other organizations, she is a SEAT graduate of the Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA). SEAT  is the most intensive training of its kind, and the only field-tested program created under an independent national review advisory board.

Phil Milsk


Phil Milsk has a vast background in special education law and policy, as well as negotiation, communication, legal reasoning, and writing. Phil is a seasoned attorney in the state of Illinois and practiced as a special education Due Process Hearing officer for the Illinois State Board of Education as well. Moreover, Phil is an experienced public policy advocate on behalf of social workers, children and youth, and persons with disabilities.

Phil leverages his unparalleled experiences with his extensive knowledge and resources to represent families with special education needs. Here’s an extraordinary compliment to the team and to special education reform holistically.

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Nothing feels better than knowing you have someone in your corner. At Breaking Autism, we act as strong advocates for members of the autism community. Depend on us to:

  • Identify & Prioritize Legal Rights
  • Mediate & Problem-Solve with School Districts
  • Avoid Litigation & Due Process
  • Help with Delivery Methodologies

Education Service

Your child deserves a solid education. We're here to show parents that this is more than possible. We'll start with a one-hour consultation, during which we'll address your parental concerns and answer your questions. Children with special needs receive either an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 Plan. During our consultation, we'll prepare you for the IEP or 504 meeting and work with you to decide what should be in the written record. Once we're in the meeting, you can rely on us to fully direct the meeting.

Parents also depend on us to perform school observations, participate in team collaborations, and help the school with problem-solving.

Home Programming & Training

At home is where a majority of a child's development happens. Many parents have questions about what they should focus on at home with their child. We're relied on to develop a home program that addresses the specific child's needs, all while incorporating assistive technology. We ensure that the parents have good initial data about their child, allowing them to track progress in this ongoing process of autism support.