This searchable database contains bibliographic information for literature (research-based and policy/practice) relating to dispute resolution in special education.

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A Comprehensive Comparison of the IDEA and Section 504/ADA

This document provides a comparison of the student-related similarities and differences between IDEA and two related acts, Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Comparisons are provided in tabular format, with the three acts across the top and...Learn more

A mediation strategy for special education disputes.

Addresses the successes and challenges associated with mediation in special education disputes in Missouri. Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in June 1997 and National Association of State Disorders of Special Education's studies on mediationLearn more

A new agenda for special education policy.

The number of due process hearings between parents of children with disabilities and school districts is growing nationwide. This litigation costs millions of dollars and destroys the relationships between the home and school envisioned during the creation of the Individuals with Disabilities...Learn more

A Research agenda: What we need to know about court-connected ADR

This article outlines a research agenda that focuses on the use of ADR for civil money disputes that have already reached the filing stage. The author asks: What is actually going on in court-related ADR programs?, What is the effect on litigation and court costs?, Why is there a perception that...Learn more