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Special Education Handbook for Unrepresented Parties

Special Education Handbook (PDF, new window) 

A comprehensive guide to understanding Special Education Due Process Hearings at OAH.  This User Guide contains answers to frequently asked questions about the hearing process to help parents and other parties better understand California's special education dispute resolution system.

Alternate languages (translations of the new Handbook pending):

Resource Packet for Unrepresented Parties

Procedural SafeguardsRequest to Set Mediation (and Continue Due Process Hearing, if Required) – English; fillable PDF

Attorney List 

Advocate List

Scheduling Guide – English

Case Withdrawal Request - English



Low Cost or Free Lists of Attorneys and Advocates

List of special education attorneys

List of special education advocates

Interested in being included in the Office of Administrative Hearings' lists of free or reduced cost attorneys or advocates?

Pursuant to California Education Code section 56502(h) and its inter-agency agreement with the California Department of Education, the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is required to maintain a list of free or reduced cost attorneys and advocates and make that list available to the public. The attorneys or advocates listed on this list self certify that they are free or low cost. You should contact the individual attorney or advocate and determine what free or low cost services they provide. OAH does not represent that the individuals placed on the list offer free or low cost services. It is important that if you choose to use the list that you contact the attorneys and advocates to discuss their fees.


Frequently Asked Questions (OAH 70; rev. 07/08) (PDF, new window)

Alternate Languages:

Special Education Calendar

Decision/Order Search

Mediation and Hearing Surveys - Links and Information

The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) offers an opportunity for feedback from those who participate in mediations and hearings.  For those that do participate the mediator or hearing judge will provide each participant with a token which will look something like this:  tWySJYyxdMIgUei. 

Each token may only be used one time so once it has been used the token will no longer allow access to the surveys.

Once you have the token you may access our online surveys for mediations and hearings by entering the following address to your internet browser or simply click the links indicated below.


For mediation surveys click here or enter  


For hearing surveys click here or enter


If you prefer not to use the internet, OAH can mail a copy of the survey.  Please call 916-263-0880 to request a copy.


Surveys can be made available in languages other than English or Spanish either on the website or in a paper copy format.  Please contact Laurie Crom at

Privacy Notice:  All surveys are anonymous.  Your survey responses to not contain any identifying information about the participant.  The identifying token is not kept with your response.


OAH is committed to ensuring equal access to all OAH proceedings. OAH complies with the American’s with Disabilities Act and all state and local laws concerning accessibility.   For more information, click Accessibility, or on the link found in OAH Quick Links. 
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