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The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education

"Encouraging the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve
disagreements about special education and early intervention programs."

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Upcoming Webinar! Constructive Individual and Systemic Approaches to Helping Frequent Filers Presented by Suzanne McDougall and Marshall Peter. Registration now open!
Creating Change: Student-Led IEPs & Youth Engagement as a Dispute Resolution Option Presented by Sarah Grime, Monee Wright and David Friedemann. Recording now available.
New from OSEP! Voluntary Dispute Resolution Self-Assessments developed by OSEP to assist States in analyzing their dispute resolution systems.  They identify the dispute resolution-related regulatory requirements under Part B and Part C of IDEA and summarize prior guidance from OSEP in implementing these requirements. 
New! The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services Release Policy Statement on Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs
Updated! Trends in Dispute Resolution under the IDEA This one page CADRE document details recent trends in the use of dispute resolution procedures to resolve special education disagreements.
In the Best Interests of the Child: Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meetings When Parents Are In Conflict This publication was developed to better understand the problem of parents or caregivers having difficulty working together, especially during IEP team meetings.

Steps to Success Translations! This brochure offers specific communication skills that may be helpful to parents as they develop and maintain partnerships with their child's school. Eleven new translations available.

Collaborating for Our Children's Future: Mediation of Special Education Disputes, written by CADRE Assistant Director, Philip Moses, and Senior Consultant, Timothy Hedeen and published in the ABA Dispute Resolution Magazine.

IEP/IFSP Facilitation: Practical Insights and Programmatic Considerations Brief summation of practical insights and promising practices for IEP/IFSP facilitation, collected from a broad review of facilitation and special education literature.

The Impact of Parent/Family Involvement on Student Outcomes: An Annotated Bibliography of Research from the Past Decade

Fundamental Attributes of Exemplary State Special Education Dispute Resolution Systems

Encouraging Meaningful Parent/Educator Collaboration: A Review of Recent Literature This document synthesizes findings from a number of recent academic studies and policy publications. Among the highlights is the idea that involvement may be too narrow a term to encapsulate the range and depth of partnerships that support students' success.


This website was developed by CADRE, a project of Direction Service pursuant to Cooperative Agreement CFDA H326X130001 with the Office of Special Education Programs, United States Department of Education, Tina Diamond, Ph.D., Project Officer. The opinions expressed and materials contained herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the United States Department of Education and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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