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Initially funded in 1998, CADRE serves as the National Center on Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education on behalf of the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. CADRE works to increase the nation’s capacity to prevent and resolve special education and early intervention disputes by fostering productive home/school/provider partnerships and the use of collaborative processes to improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. CADRE assists states with implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) procedural safeguards provisions and the development of high-performing dispute resolution systems through the identification and dissemination of exemplary practices related to program design, implementation, evaluation and improvement.

As a member of OSEP’s national TA & D network, CADRE delivers high quality technical assistance, informational support and other services to state education agencies (Part B), early intervention lead agencies (Part C), federally-funded parent centers, local education agencies and early intervention providers, dispute resolution practitioners, family members and other stakeholders.