CADRE
The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) works to increase the nation's capacity to effectively resolve special education disputes, reducing the use of expensive adversarial processes.
Our major emphasis is on encouraging the use of mediation, facilitation, and other collaborative processes as strategies for resolving disagreements between parents and schools about children's educational programs and support services.
CADRE supports parents, educators, administrators, attorneys and advocates to benefit from the full continuum of dispute resolution options that can prevent and resolve conflict and ultimately lead to informed partnerships that focus on results for children and youth. CADRE provides a variety of services including training, data analysis, systems improvement, and resource development among our array of technical assistance activities.


We strongly believe families, educators, students and their educational programs benefit when adversarial encounters are avoided and differences are resolved through positive communication and collaboration.

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Our mission: "Helping people with disabilities and special needs live full and healthy lives!"
1144 Gateway Loop, Suite 200 • Springfield, Oregon 97477, USA • Phone 541.686.5060 • Fax 541.343.6938