Who’s exemplary in dispute resolution systems?

Who’s exemplary in dispute resolution systems, and how did they do it? CADRE reports back on a 2-year process of identifying state special education and early intervention dispute resolution systems that are particularly effective. CADRE worked with representatives from the exemplar states to identify and document the processes and features of their dispute resolution systems that are effective and contribute to those states’ success. To simplify … [Read more...]

A Roadmap to Legal Dispute Resolution for Students with Disabilities

April 2012Read the article (PDF)About this ArticleThis article maps out the similarities and differences among the various routes to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 dispute resolution, including those not widely and well known to special education leaders.  For IDEA-eligible students, the alternative avenues consist of not only the impartial hearing procedures and the state education agency's complaint investigation/resolution … [Read more...]

The Remedial Authority of Hearing and Review Officers Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: An Update

April 2012Read the article (PDF) About this ArticleThis article provides an update of a comprehensive review that the Administrative Law Review published five years ago, which synthesized the various sources of law specific to the remedial authority of hearing/review officers (H/ROs) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The publisher of the Administrative Law Review, which contained the original version, provided permission … [Read more...]

IEP/IFSP facilitation

IEP/IFSP Facilitation: Practical Insights and Programmatic Considerations briefly summarizes practical insights and promising practices for IEP/IFSP facilitation, collected from a broad review of facilitation and special education literature. Among the highlights are strategies that can be used prior to and during a meeting as well as considerations for those designing and managing facilitation programs. From CADRE, the National Center on Dispute … [Read more...]

Autism Litigation Under the IDEA: A New Meaning of “Disproportionality”?

September 2013Read the article (PDF)About this ArticleThis article examines the disproportionality and overrepresentation of children with autism in litigation. It states that children with autism accounted for about one third of sample of published court decisions concerning the core concepts of free appropriate public education (FAPE) and least restrictive environment (LRE) under the U.S. Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.  The other … [Read more...]

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