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Have a Disagreement?

Think Mediation
Jun 10, 2010 Are you and your school division having difficulty reaching agreement on what support your child needs in order to make educational progress? You have an option which does not trigger the costs or adversarial nature of a due process hearing. Mediation is a highly successful and more collaborative approach to resolving special education issues. Last year, we had 105 requests for mediation. Of those issues which were brought to the table, 83.9% were resolved. Any issue regarding a child’s eligibility for special education services or their provision, scope, or delivery may be mediated at any time.

A joint request by parent and school are required for mediation to proceed. For more information, you may contact the Coordinator of Mediation, Art Stewart, at 804-497-0631 or Arthur.stewart@doe.virginia.gov.

More information and articles descriptive of mediation are available at the Virginia Department of Education website: www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/resolving_disputes/mediation/index.shtml.

For general questions about dispute resolution, the National Center on Dispute Resolution, CADRE, is a national information center which provides resources in English and Spanish: www.directionservice.org/cadre/.

There is an article on preparing for mediation and resolution sessions available at this website: www.advocacyinstitute.org/resources/Preparing.for.SpEd.Mediation.Resolution.Sessions.pdf.

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