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IDEA State Complaint Resource Center

Your guide to effective state complaints under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)


The IDEA State Complaint Resource Center provides information and resources to assist parents, advocates and attorneys in using the IDEA Written State Complaint process for advocacy. Get comprehensive information on the IDEA Written State Complaint process along with podcasts, webinars, and video presentations, data on the number of complaints filed by state, direct links to Written State Complaint procedures in each state, a bank of state complaints listed by topic, and a tool to share a complaint with us for posting.


The Power of IDEA State Complaints Webinar

Conducted April 26, 2022

Webinar Recording (1 hour) :: Presentation Slides (PDF, 17 pgs.)

In this webinar, Candace Cortiella and Diane Willcutts provide an in-depth overview
of the IDEA written state complaint option for resolving special education disputes.
They cover how and when to use this option effectively as well as how it differs from a
Due Process complaint. The presenters also shared information
about the IDEA State Complaint Resource Center and responded to audience questions. 

About the Presenters

Candace Cortiella is director of The Advocacy Institute, a non-for-profit organization dedicated
to the development of products, projects and services that work to improve the
lives of people with disabilities. Current projects include
the IDEA State Complaint Resource Center and IDEA Money Watch.

Diane Willcutts is director of Education Advocacy, LLC. Diane works throughout Connecticut,
helping families to navigate the special education, Section 504, and Birth to Three processes.