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

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Conflict resolution in the schools: A manual for educators.

Based on material developed by the National Institute for Dispute Resolution (NIDR), this practical resource guide shows principals, district administrators, counselors, and teacher educators how to diagnose conflicts, handle difficult confrontations, and implement appropriate mediation and problem...Learn more

Considerations for mediating with people who are culturally deaf.

Today in America, 28 million people experience hearing loss. This article presents an approach and issues that should be considered when working with a discrete subset of this population -- individuals who identify as members of Deaf culture. The practitioner should remain aware, however, that the...Learn more

Considering special education mediation.

This brief paper discusses the use of mediation as a method for resolving disagreements between schools or early intervention programs and parents of children with disabilities. It identifies benefits of mediation such as maintenance of an ongoing and positive relationship between the school and...Learn more

Developing student competence in self-directed IEPs.

Self-directed Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) allow students to assume leadership and become actively involved in the decisions made at their IEP meetings. This article describes how through direct instruction, social skills discussion, active practice, and role-playing students are...Learn more

Developing your child's IEP. A parent's guide.

This guide for parents of children with disabilities explains the basics of the special education process focusing on parent participation in the process of developing the child's individualized education program (IEP). The first section reviews the IEP process including what is involved, the IEP...Learn more

Disability and the Education System

[Summary in journal] Aron and Loprest trace the evolution of the special education system in the United States from its origins in the civil rights movement of the mid-twentieth century. They note the dual character of federal legislation, which both guarantees eligible children with disabilities...Learn more