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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."

Endorsements and Disclaimers

CADRE has adopted the use of three graphic symbols to distinguish: (1) materials taken directly from federal law and regulation, (2) materials that have been reviewed by OSEP for consistency with IDEA and its associated regulations, and (3) other materials which feature state and local practices.

The scales of justice or "law" symbol designates material taken directly from federal law or regulation:

Law Symbol

The OSEP Logo designates materials that have been "vetted" by the Office of Special Education Programs at the United States Department of Education. These materials have been reviewed for consistency with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (P.L. 108-446) and its associated final regulations, published on August 14, 2006, December 1, 2008 and September 28, 2011; however, the opinions expressed in these materials do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Education:

Office of Special Education Logo

The "practice materials" symbol is used to designate resources developed by CADRE and/or others which feature state or local practices. The opinions expressed in these materials do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and no endorsement of the U.S. Department of Education should be inferred:

Practice Materials - Not Formally Approved

WEBSITE DISCLAIMER: This web site was developed by the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution, a project of Direction Service, Inc., Eugene, Oregon, pursuant to Grant No. H326D080001 with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and no endorsement of the U.S. Department of Education should be inferred.

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