Parents of a child with a disability must have the opportunity to be informed about and participate in decisions about their child’s right to a free and appropriate public education. This video library includes helpful information about procedural safeguards and dispute resolution processes designed to help parents and schools resolve disagreements about a child’s special education program.
For questions about the information contained in these videos, please contact the Special Education ConsultLine, a toll-free service for parents and advocates of children with disabilities.
Call ConsutLine at 1-800-879-2301 (in Pennsylvania) or 717-901-2146 OR contact us via our online Contact Form.
Due Process Hearing Videos
Hearing Officer Video Series
This video series provides an overview of what to expect if you are involved in a special education due process hearing. The first video addresses prehearing matters, the second video discusses preparing for the hearing, and the third and fourth videos talk about the hearing itself.
Hearing Officer Biographies
Learn more about the ODR Hearing Officers.
Mock Due Process
This 2-part video shows what to expect at a due process hearing to assist participants preparing for due process. View the documents referenced in the Mock Due Process Videos on the Due Process: Overview page.
Motion Practice in Due Process Hearing
Discusses topics such as: What is a motion? How to file a motion? How does a HO respond to a motion request? What is a sufficiency challenge? How to amend a complaint? The information provided will assist participants preparing for due process.
The Mediation Process
Explores the components of mediation through a mock mediation. This video explains the benefits of this early resolution process.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Videos
This video explains the IEP facilitation process, including how to request, what to expect, how you can prepare, and the benefits of IEP facilitation.
Voices from the Field
Voices from the Field provides multiple perspectives on the value of IEP Facilitation as an early conflict resolution tool.
Resolution Meeting Facilitation
This video was developed to answer questions and provide information regarding Resolution Meeting Facilitation, a voluntary option available through ODR to parents and local education agencies when a due process hearing has been initiated.
General Information Videos
Procedural Safeguards Video – Series of 6 videos
The intent of this brief video series is to promote basic understanding and to address frequently asked questions about Pennsylvania’s Procedural Safeguards Notice. This information does not consider all aspects of the matters addressed nor is it legal advice, which the Office for Dispute Resolution cannot provide.
Introduction to Special Education Law
This video answers basic questions on special education procedures and issues such as evaluations, the IEP process, eligibility, and the resolution process for disagreements.
A Tale of Two Conversations
The following two part video demonstrates how communication skills can alter a conversation. The first video shows an example of two people having a difficult conversation using poor communication skills. The second video shows how the same conversation can be conducted in a way that leads to significantly enhanced communication.