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Dispute Resolution Project Overview
Helping your child with disabilities receive an appropriate education is one of the most important jobs you have as a parent. You and your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team may or may not agree on everything. Disputes and disagreements do occur.
This Web site can help you learn how to manage those disputes in a positive, productive way. Use the information here to increase:
- knowledge of your special education rights and responsibilities
- understanding of educational planning and your child’s IEP
- communication, self-advocacy, and conflict resolution skills
- awareness of conflict resolution options and how to use them
- ability to advocate for your child
Having these skills will help you keep your eyes on the prize: an appropriate education for your child.
Checklist : Preparing for and Attending Mediation
Conciliation Article in the Pacesetter Summer 2013 Edition
Conciliation offers families a practical way to resolve special education differences.
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Dispute Resolution Article in the Pacesetter Winter 2011 Edition
New checklist aids parents in filing
state special education complaint .
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A 37 minute audio/video overview of special education created to help parents of children with disabilities understand what special education is, how a child might get into special education, how to resolve disagreements, and what role parents play.
Developed by PACER Center, it is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.