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Options for Resolving Disputes
Differences of opinion may develop regarding evaluation, eligibility, placement, and the provision of free, appropriate public education (FAPE) for eligible infants and toddlers. IFSP teams should attempt to resolve differences between individuals with differing opinions.
If an IFSP team is unable to resolve differing opinions, the IFSP team should consider the following options:
- Consulting with other professionals, including AEA administrators
- Utilizing a facilitator in meetings when disagreements are anticipated
- Adjourning meeting to reconvene later with a facilitator
- Adjourning meeting to reconvene later with additional information and other approaches
If IFSP teams are not able to resolve their differences, IDEA outlines three options available to parents as they seek to resolve their differences which include:
- A state complaint
- Due process complaints
- Due process hearings