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Special Education Division

We contract with the California Department of Education to handle the special education due process hearing and mediation program.

Special Education Division Information

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.

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Resource Packet for Unrepresented Parties

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)

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Special Education Calendar

Decision/Order Search


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