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Links updated, March 2017 A state complaint is very much what it sounds like-–a letter you’d write to an official state agency to report an issue, conflict, or problem. Any organization of individual may file a state complaint (including those from another state). This makes state complaint an important mechanism for resolving disagreements between schools […]

From our series of model letters…because sometimes you need to communicate with the school about your child’s education. Updated, March 2017 En español | In Spanish This short publication comes from a much longer Parent’s Guide that focuses on communicating with your child’s school via letter writing. There are times when you, as a parent, may […]

June 2016 A resource page for Parent Centers Compiled by Myriam Alizo, CPIR Download this page as an adaptable, accessible Word document Many Parent Centers provide information and training to Spanish-speaking parents of children with disabilities. In fact, in the last year, more than 27% of the families served by Parent Centers received their services in Spanish. CPIR is pleased […]

(2016, March) | Useful to Parent Centers in working with youth and families. This interactive webinar from CADRE explores student-led IEPs and their relationship to self-advocacy and student engagement. In a student-led IEP, the student actively participates in the development of his/her IEP and takes a leadership role in decision-making about his or her future. Student […]

From CADRE, this chart makes it easy for parents to compare the different approaches to dispute resolution that are available to them: IEP facilitation, mediation, resolution meeting, written state complaint, due process complaint/hearing request, and expedited hearing request & resolution meeting. These options are compared across many different dimensions, including but not limited to: how the dispute […]

March 2015 A legacy training module from NICHCY The procedural safeguards in Part C of IDEA are designed to protect the rights of parents and their infant or toddler with a disability, as well as give families and early intervention lead agencies a way to resolve disputes. This training module takes a detailed look at the procedural safeguards […]

Being your own advocate means that you ask for what you need while respecting the needs of others. This 2012 PACER Center Action Information Sheet explains how to advocate for oneself. It lists helpful resources for teens and parents. http://www.pacer.org/parent/php/PHP-c116.pdf

Following OSEP’s release of a Q&A on IDEA Part B Dispute Resolution in July 2013, the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) was asked to create a set of companion resources for parents and families. In response, CADRE developed these four parent guides (each available in both English and Spanish) with the support of […]

This CADRE publication is designed to explain briefly what resolution meetings are, the benefits and concerns regarding resolution meetings, and how a family might use a resolution meeting to resolve an educational dispute for their son or daughter with a disability. (2008) http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/resmtgdoc.cfm

The Center on Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education’s (CADRE’s) Dispute Resolution System Resource Showcase is a collection and systematic organization of items that may be useful to states and districts as they pursue improvements in their special education dispute resolution systems and processes, perhaps helping them to avoid “reinventing the wheel.” http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/exemplar/matrix.cfm