These four family guides are designed to explain the dispute resolution options under Part C of the IDEA: mediation, written state complaints and the due process complaint and hearing procedures specific to families with infants or toddlers with disabilities (Birth through Age 2). The companion resource, "Quick Guide to Early Intervention Dispute Resolution Processes for Infants & Toddlers (Birth through Age 2)" offers a side-by-side look at dispute resolution options under Part C of the IDEA. These guides have been translated into the following languages other than English: Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Vietnamese.

CADRE developed the following four Family Guides and the Quick Comparison Chart with the support of OSEP and Parent Leaders from across the country:

Commonly Used Terms

This feature will provide you with definitions for commonly used terms

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Additional Information About Part C Due Process Complaints and Hearings

This resource will help you determine which due process family guide is appropriate for your state

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DR Process Comparison Chart

This chart explores and compares the various dispute resolution processes available to families

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CADRE Contributors:

Anita Engiles, Melanie Reese, and Senior Consultants, Marshall Peter and Candace Hawkins

CADRE is very grateful for the review and input provided by:

  • Center for Parent Information Resources (CPIR) and Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN): Debra Jennings and Myriam Alizo
  • Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA): Sharon Walsh
  • PACER Center:  Judy Swett and Gretchen Godfrey
  • Open Doors for Multicultural Families:  Hodan Fara Mohamed
  • Philadelphia HUNE:  Luz Hernandez
  • Consultants:  Ed Feinberg and Larry Ringer   

CADRE extends our sincere thanks for providing reviews of the translations to:

  • Open Doors for Multicultural Families
  • Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)