Mediation is also a collaborative means of resolving disputes regarding special education. This process, conducted by a qualified and impartial mediator, helps resolve disagreements between a parents, educators or service providers over a special education or early intervention matter. Mediation is an opportunity for parents and school officials to sit down with an independent mediator and discuss a problem, issue, concern, or complaint in order to resolve the problem amicably without going to due process. ReSync has trained and certified mediators and facilitators to help you through this process.
IDEA requires all states to ensure that mediation is available to resolve disputes. The availability of mediation has been expanded under the 2004 Amendments to IDEA. Now, any dispute, including matters that arise prior to the filing of a due process complaint, can be the subject of mediation.
Facilitation refers to the use of specialized skills to run a meeting in a fair, inclusive and organized fashion. It can be used in any IFSP or IEPT, or in a resolution session. A meeting leader may employ facilitation skills or a neutral third-party facilitator may be asked to do so.
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