Law Practice

About the Law Practice

Jo Anne Simon, P.C. provides direct representation to people with disabilities. Our practice provides experienced help for clients who face discriminatory barriers in high stakes standardized testing, higher education, or employment because of  their disability.  The firm has successfully advised individuals with disabilities and their parents on receiving accommodations on tests such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, the USMLE, and the New York Bar Exam, to name a few. Jo Anne Simon’s work has been featured in the New York Law Journal, The National Law Journal, The New York Times, and American Lawyer Magazine, to name a few.

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Test Accommodations

Jo Anne Simon, P.C. has successfully helped individuals with disabilities to receive accommodations on tests such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, the USMLE, and the New York and other Bar Examinations. We have helped countless parents and students navigate the course of applying for accommodations, appealing denials of accommodations and pursuing litigation. Services are highly individualized to best serve the client’s needs and reflect our commitment to preserving and protecting our clients’ rights to equal access and full participation in an inclusive environment.

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Higher Education

Students with disabilities attending a college, university or a graduate or professional school program are entitled to appropriate accommodations to ensure that their programs and activities are fully accessible. We’ve helped many students secure the disability accommodations they need to successfully pursue postsecondary education at institutions across the nation.

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The Attorneys

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Jo Anne Simon


Ms. Simon has been fighting for the inclusion of people with disabilities her entire career. Through her Brooklyn, NY based law firm she represents people with disabilities across the country, concentrating on discrimination in standardized testing, higher education and employment. A graduate of Fordham University School of Law, Ms. Simon is known for her expertise on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), particularly as it relates to higher education, high stakes testing and professional licensing bodies.

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Mary J. Goodwin-Oquendo


Mary J. Goodwin-Oquendo, a Brooklyn native, first joined Jo Anne Simon PC in 2008. Mary holds a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University (Class of 2009) and a Bachelor of Arts in History & Political Science from St. Joseph’s College (Class of 2006). Mary’s passion for disability advocacy was ignited when she was a child and witnessed how hard her mother had to fight to make sure that her younger brother received appropriate special education placement and services.

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