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Idaho Parents Unlimited supports, empowers, educates and advocates to enhance the quality of life for Idahoans with disabilities and their families

Information about Idaho's Dispute Resolution System can be found on the State Department of Education's webpage: 

State Department of Education - Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution sample request forms are found on the lower right hand side of this page.

For a basic understanding of all of the options toward resolving disputes in Idaho, be sure to download this Comparison Chart

Additional information can be found at the National Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution (CADRE) including archived webinars and practical information for parents in both English and Spanish: CADRE

New guidance documents were issued July 2013 by the US Department of Education - Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and include a Q&A for parents: Parent Q & A

Resources from The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)

CADRE Continuum - The CADRE Continuum offers a searchable database of dispute resolution practices in special education. Users are able to move from broad process descriptions to specific practice details and can learn information related to program design and oversight, professional standards, public awareness and outreach, and evaluation.

CADRE was asked to create a set of companion resources for parents and families. We developed four parent guides: Mediation, Written State Complaints, Due Process Complaints/ Hearing Requests, and Resolution Meetings.

In the Best Interests of the Child: Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meetings When Parents Are In Conflict - This publication was developed to better understand issues related to when parents or caregivers are having difficulty working together, especially during IEP team meetings. The document includes both preventative and responsive strategies and approaches from a variety of sources, including research on the effects of parenting a child with a disability on parent and family relationships, literature on conflict resolution practices, and data collected through surveys and interviews.

CADRE Webinar with OSEP Staff and Parent Leaders - This special webinar is to get ideas for how to use these new, parent-friendly guides on mediation, due process hearings, written State complaints, and resolution meetings. The webinar will also describe the development process that CADRE used to develop the guides.

Webinar with guest presenter Dr. Johnny Lake - When agencies and institutions engage non-dominant cultures, it can quickly become apparent that they are ill-equipped to effectively and successfully interact, communicate and work with non-mainstream communities. These interactions are complex, subtle and significant. They usually occur in settings and contexts arranged, organized and controlled by the agency or institution. The very different context can prove to be a challenge to both client and service provider. This webinar highlights the depth, extent and meaning of these interactions and communications. Click here to view all of CADRE's archived webinar recordings.