Special Education Dispute Resolution

Special Education Dispute Resolution

The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education developed these videos to help explain special education dispute resolution options.


A mediation conference with the school is a way of working out an issue or dispute regarding your child’s educational program. Watch these two videos to learn more about mediation and how to prepare for this important meeting.

About Mediation
Prepare for Mediation

IEP Facilitation

Sometimes communication can break down between schools and parents during an IEP meeting. Consider using IEP Facilitation which is a collaborative process that emphasizes shared responsibility for the development of an appropriate IEP for the student. The videos will help you learn about IEP facilitation and what parents can expect as they prepare for the meeting.

Overview of IEP Facilitation
Preparing for IEP Facilitation

State Complaints

A written state complaint is used to communicate with your child’s school/district that your believe they have not followed the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and to request an investigation of the problem. Complaints may concern one child or student, or a group of students. Any person or organization may file a written state complaint.  To learn more check out these videos.

Overview of Written State Complaints
After a Written State Complaint is Filed

Due Process

A due process complaint is used to request a due process hearing related to the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of a child with a disability, or the provision of a free, appropriate public education (FAPE). The complaint may be filed by a parent or the school in unique situations. Don’t miss these valuable videos that explain due process and help families prepare for after the due process is filed.

Overview of Due Process Complaints
What to Expect After a Due Process Complaint is Filed
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