The Pennsylvania Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) provides resources for parents and educational agencies to resolve educational disputes for children served by the early intervention system, students who are gifted (or thought to be gifted), and students with disabilities (or thought to have disabilities). ODR is committed to seek out and offer varying alternative dispute resolution activities and options for constituents. ODR understands the importance of due process; however there are several steps that can be taken prior to filing for a due process hearing in an attempt to reach a resolution. The alternative dispute resolution options that ODR offers have shown to be successful in helping parties reach an agreement. Pennsylvania has been named an Exemplary Dispute Resolution System in Special Education by the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education(CADRE).
- Describe the processes involved in having a child evaluated and provided special education, classroom accommodations and related services;
- Explain the procedural safeguards (parents’ rights) available to parents of students with disabilities;
- Provide information about, access to, and assistance with the formal complaint process;
- Discuss options for addressing concerns or disagreements about the child’s special education program; and
- Provide callers with other useful resources and informational materials
Consultine is staffed by three full time specialists and one Supervisor/Specialist. ConsultLine specialists do not act as advocates or provide legal advice.
Contact the ConsultLine by calling 800-879-2301 or 717-541-4960, ext. 3332, or request that the ConsultLine call you by filling out an online request form at http://odr-pa.org/parents/consultline/. The ConsultLine provides direct service in English and Spanish, and is able to serve callers in other languages with the help of an interpreting service. Organizations and agencies that provide support to families of children with disabilities may also use the ConsultLine.
Consultine serves approximately 3500-4000 calls each year.