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 special education attorneys.

List of special education advocates.

Interested in being included in the Office of Administrative Hearings' list of free or reduced cost attorneys and 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.

Special Education Calendar

Decision/Order Search


Dashboard - Statistical Information

Special Education Brochures

Special Education Brochure - English (PDF, new window)

Brochure in alternative languages (PDF, new windows):

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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