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

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GAO: Mediation can help solve special education disputes.

This article discusses the U.S. General Accounting Office's (GAO) report on benefits of mediation in solving special education disputes. The role of mediation in providing viable resolutions to disputes between parents and schools over the education of disabled students is discussed as well as...Learn more

Handbook of Leadership and Administration for Special Education

[From publisher's website] This book brings together for the first time research informing leadership practice in special education from preschool through transition into post-secondary settings. It provides comprehensive coverage of 1) disability policy 2) leadership knowledge, 3) school reform,...Learn more

How to help students lead their IEP meetings.

The authors explore ways to encourage leadership skills in students with disabilities through Individualized Education Programs (IEP). According to authors, increasing student responsibility for their IEPs can influence student and parent involvement in their IEP process. It has been found through...Learn more

IDEA partnerships ASPIIRE/ILIAD.

This article explains the use of mediation to improve special education partnerships between families and schools. Benefits and drawbacks to mediation are described, along with strategies for finding out about mediation in individual states and finding a mediator. Information on the Consortium for...Learn more

IEP team meetings: A guide to participation for parents

This resource is designed to prepare parents to participate in IEP meetings. [excerpt] "A parent’s first encounter with the Individualized Education Program—the IEP—can be intimidating. However, participation in special educational planning is critical in assuring positive long-term outcomes for...Learn more