About Student Disabilities Advocate, Inc.

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Our Mission

Student Disabilities Advocate, Inc.’s mission is to ensure that parents as well as special needs, homeless, and bullied students in public schools are knowledgeable as to their rights and the school’s obligations, and are the beneficiaries of protections and enhancements provided by law.

Our objective is to enhance the plight of special needs, homeless students, and bullied students, particularly those who are in urban centers.  One on one counseling will be offered to help establish this advocacy.  Advocacy for individuals including seminars, literature, and social media will be offered to accomplish the objectives of Student Disabilities Advocate, Inc.  SDA addresses the needs of special needs, homeless, and bullied students in public education.  A major goal of SDA is educating the community with respect to special needs and homeless laws, regulations, policies and practices.

Our Team

All of our team members are volunteers and not paid.

Theopalis K. Gregory, Sr
Theopalis K. Gregory, Sr

Theopalis K. Gregory, Sr. was elected as President of Wilmington City Council on November 6, 2012, and took his oath of office during a special session of City Council on January 8, 2013. Theo’s rise to the top leadership position of the Legislative Branch of City Government was preceded by twenty- four years of public service as a six-term member of Wilmington City Council from 1984-2008. During his previous tenure on Council, Theo authored legislation to ensure the fiscal health of the City and helped to preserve the civil rights of its citizens. After an unsuccessful primary election for Mayor in 2016, Theo returned to the private practice of law.

Theo graduated from DeLaWarr High School, the University of Delaware and the University of Florida’s School of Law. While attending the University of Delaware, he was a star fullback helping the University achieve national championships in 1971 and 1972. Theo is a member of the University’s 1,200 Yard Club and, in 2001 was inducted into the Delaware Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame.

Theo has enjoyed a broad career both in and out of public service. He was a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow, which enabled him to practice poverty law at Delaware Community Legal Aid Society from 1977 to 1979. Theo was appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979 as the first African-American Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Delaware – a position he held until 1984. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Theo prosecuted cases on behalf of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He received special recognition for his DEA prosecution of the Pagan Motorcycle Club for trafficking in methamphetamine. One of the proudest moments of his federal career was the ATF prosecution of the Ku Klux Klan for firearms violations.

Theo was in private practice from 1984 to 1994 handling personal injury, criminal defense, probate and real estate law. He has always chosen to locate his private practice office in the heart of the Wilmington community so he can be visible and accessible to the citizens he serves; and, with this, he has continued his public service. Theo was also an Assistant Public Defender from 1996 through 2006, primarily representing juveniles in Family Court.

He is a principle founder of the Police Athletic League Youth Activities Center and led renovation efforts at the Eden Park and the P.S. DuPont Athletic Fields. Theo is also a principle founder of the former City’s Youth Tackle Football Program that lasted 20 years, and played a major role in reviving the Wednesday Night Youth Track and Field Program staged regularly at Baynard Stadium in Wilmington.

From 2006-2010, Theo served as the Director of the Maurice J. Moyer Academy. He was the principle founder of this unique, urban charter school for students in grades 6 through 12. The novel grade configuration at Moyer provided students with educational and social continuity for six consecutive years and was Wilmington’s only traditional public high school.

Theo is a member of the Manna Christian Fellowship Church, where he is Vice- Chair of the Trustees and Chair of the Deacon Board. He is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

Theo founded Student Disabilities Advocate, Inc. (SDA), a non- profit organization that provides advocacy for special needs students. He serves as the Executive Director/ Senior Staff Attorney. Theo, also, practices in the area of personal injury and criminal law.

Theo is married to V. Lynn Gregory. They are the proud parents of six wonderful children and the grandparents of seven precious grandchildren.

V.L. Gregory
V.L. Gregory

V.L. Gregory is a retired high school guidance counselor. She joined SDA, as a volunteer to ensure a high and effective level of advocacy for special needs kids. Lynn is a University of Delaware graduate with a major in psychology, and is a University of Florida graduate with a MA; Eds/ in Counseling Education.  Having been employed, by a public school district, for years she has firsthand knowledge of the need to advocate on behalf of special needs kids. With, Lynn, and SDA as a nonprofit, she completes its mission to provide a continuity of advocacy and support beyond simply legal representation. She involves herself long before a case becomes a legal matter and stays involved with the parent and student after a resolution. Lynn says that “my advocacy is a labor of love; I am blessed to still be fighting the good fight helping kids”.

Barbara King
Barbara King

Barbara King has accumulated a number of certificates over the years, e.g. medical billing and coding, data entry, medical assistant, etc. Her passion has always been to pursue a legal related career. Barbara provides support for SDA cases and serves as the office manager.  Until joining SDA she had no idea as to the need for legal representation of special needs kids.

Brittany Hudson
Brittany Hudson

Brittany Hudson is a graduate of Wesley College with a major in Legal Studies and Criminal Justice. She graduated cum laude from college and plans to go to law school.  She provides support and manages SDA’s cases. Regarding SDA’s efforts she states that before joining the SDA family, she had no idea as to the need for legal representation in this area. However, now with passion she is ready to ensure the students receive all the help they need.

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