Dispute Resolution

Due Process Rights: What You Need to Know

Due process is a formal way of resolving disputes about special education. Learn about your legal ri…

6 Options for Resolving an IEP Dispute

What options do you have for resolving a dispute with a school about an Individualized Education Pro…

5 Options for Resolving a 504 Plan Dispute

Read about your options for resolving a 504 plan dispute for your child with a disability. Learn abo…

Checklist: Preparing for Dispute Resolution

Use this list to guide you through dispute resolution with your child's school. This includes mediat…

Download: Sample Letters for Dispute Resolution

Download free templates of dispute resolution sample letters you can use to communicate with the sch…

9 Tips on How to Prepare for Mediation

Parents can use mediation to help resolve disputes with a school about a child's special education. …

Download: Sample Scripts for Dispute Resolution

Download these sample scripts on what to say during IEP and 504 plan disputes and negotiation. Learn…

What to Expect at a Due Process Hearing

A due process hearing for special education is like a courtroom trial where you present your child's…

What to Expect at a Mediation Session

If you have a dispute with a school about your child's special education, you may want to consider m…

What to Expect at a Resolution Session

A resolution session is a meeting you must attend after you ask for a due process hearing. Learn wha…

What to Include in a State Complaint

A state complaint is a formal way to resolve a dispute with your school about your child's special e…

11 Tips on Informal Negotiation Strategies

You can use informal negotiations with your school to get services for your child. Try these 11 tips…

P&A Centers: A Source of Legal Help

Protection and Advocacy Centers advocate for people with disabilities. They can provide legal help t…

10 Smart Responses for When the School Cuts or Denies Services

Schools might cite various reasons to reduce or deny special education services for your child. Here…

How to Convince Your Child’s School Not to Reduce Services

How can you negotiate with a school when it reduces your child's special education services? Here's …

“Stay Put” Rights: What They Are and How They Work

When you disagree with a decision the school makes, you can use your “stay put” right to make sure y…

How to Find a Special Education Advocate

Are you looking for a special education advocate? Find out how to find the right special needs advoc…

Where to Find Legal Help

Knowing where to find legal help is vital to protecting your child's rights. Here is a selected list…

The Difference Between Special Education Advocates and Attorneys

What's the difference between a special education advocate and an attorney? Use this chart to find o…

How to Consent to Some Parts of an IEP and Not Others

How do you agree to parts of an IEP but not the whole thing? Find out how to give partial consent to…

Not an IEP or a 504 Plan—It’s Our Mediation Agreement

When she considered special education for her child, she thought of an IEP or a 504 Plan. Read how t…

Who Ensures Schools Follow Special Education Law?

When your child has an IEP, who makes sure the school is following it? Who's in charge of making sur…