Dispute resolution processes are guaranteed to Wyoming families of children age 3 to 21 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and federal regulations 34 C.F.R. §§300.151 through 154, §§300.506 through 300.508, and Chapter 7 Wyoming Education Rules governing Children with Disabilities. The Wyoming Department of Education is required by state rule and federal regulations to investigate alleged violations of the IDEA. Dispute resolution options are explained to parents in The Notice of Procedural Safeguards Brochure provided at least annually to parents of children ages 3-21 by local education agencies.
When disputes arise regarding educational services for children with disabilities, an impartial system is available to resolve disputes in an equitable manner. The Wyoming system includes the processes required by the IDEA: Mediation, State Complaint and Due Process Hearing. The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education created a Quick Guide to Special Education Dispute Resolution Processes to explain dispute resolution processes.
Parent Information Center
Parent Information Center (PIC), is a statewide parent center for Wyoming families of children with disabilities. PIC provides information, support and referrals to families on their rights and responsibilities under the special education law IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
UPLIFT is a statewide advocacy agency that encourages success and stability for children and youth with or at risk of emotional, behavioral, learning, developmental, or physical disorders at home, school, and in the community.
Wyoming Protection & Advocacy System, Inc.
Wyoming Protection & Advocacy System, Inc. (P&A), established in 1977, is the official non-profit corporation authorized to provide protection of the rights of persons with disabilities.
For a list of low or no cost legal service providers, refer to page 2 of the Procedural Safeguards document listed in the Regulations and Documents section of this page.