Special Education Resources

Welcome to the Special Education Resources page. In this area you can search our calendar, view laws, reports and use our guide to get a better understanding of our process.

Understanding Special Education Due Process Hearings

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.  (This document is intended to be printed out as URLs within the document are not active links.)

Alternate languages (translations of the new Handbook pending):

IDEA Special Education Dispute Resolution Parent Guides (external website of The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE))


What to Expect at a Special Education Hearing

Video: Click the link for YouTube site or click on the video below to view. What to Expect at a Special Education Hearing  

For video with Spanish subtitles, please use the following link: What to Expect at a Special Education Hearing (Spanish subtitles)

Laws and Procedures

Low Cost or Free Attorney and Advocate Lists

List of Free or Low Cost Special Education Attorneys

List of Free or Low Cost Special Education Advocates

Applications to be included in this list, or renewal applications for continued inclusion, are due by October 1, 2018.  

Each year, no later than August 1, all attorneys, advocates, or organizations that wish to be included on these lists must submit a new application to OAH.  Any mid-year requests to update information or to be included on the list must be made no later than February 1 of each year.  An updated list will be published by March 1 of each year.  Everyone must submit a new complete application every August.  Anyone wanting inclusion on the list should carefully keep track of the application deadlines.

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 lists of free or reduced cost attorneys and advocates and make those lists available to the public. The attorneys or advocates listed on these lists 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 these lists that you contact the attorneys and advocates to discuss their fees.

Special Education Calendar

Decision/Order Search


Dashboard - Statistical Information

Special Education Brochures

Decision Email List

If you would like to receive an email copy of all Special Education Decisions that are issued, please contact

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