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Special Education: Conflict Resolution Resources

CADRE – Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education
CADRE, the National Center on Dispute Resolution, encourages the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs. This website provides information on conflict resolution in education.

Complaint Investigation Information from Illinois State Board of Education
Information from ISBE on the Complaint Investigation process.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
An independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization of attorneys, advocates and parents established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities.

Due Process Information from Illinois State Board of Education
Due process is an appeal process for parents to resolve issues with school districts about their child’s IEP.

Mediation Services Information from Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois’ mediation service is designed as a means of resolving disagreements regarding special education services, placement and related services to children enrolled in Illinois public schools.

Preparing for Special Education Mediation and Resolution Sessions: A Guide for Families and Advocates
The Advocacy Institute and the Children’s Law Clinic at Duke Law School have combined their talents to create this new publication to help families and advocates make the most of the new and expanded dispute resolution options offered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

State Sponsored IEP Faciliation – Illinois State Board of Education
IEP facilitation is a process that helps foster effective communication between parents and districts as they develop a mutually acceptable Individualized Education Program (IEP)