Facilitated Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Facilitated Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an opportunity for school teams and parents to meet in a collaborative, safe and confidential setting to discuss how they can move forward concerning any disputes that arose from the IEP.

The impartial facilitator will engage the parties in a creative process that increases the effectiveness of the group discussion in a way that allows the group to positively move forward.  The facilitator also works to build a positive working relationship for future meetings which allows the group to retain control of the outcome.   

The meeting may result with a proposal to return to the IEP process, a settlement agreement or other proposed actions.

BENEFITS OF A FACILITATED ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION SESSION

SATISFYING AND COLLABORATIVE

The ADR process gives the parties an opportunity to come together in a confidential, open and safe space where a collaborative relationship is encouraged and supported while working toward a mutually agreeable outcome. 

 

RESULTS ORIENTATED

ADRs focus on the interests of both parties and look at how they can move forward together in a positive manner.  An ADR often results in a mutually agreeable agreement. 

 

TIMELY RESOLUTION

Disagreements are often resolved in a timely manner, often after one ADR meeting and follow-up emails.  Due Process filings, on the other hand, can take a minimum of 45 days and are often much longer. 

 

COST EFFECTIVE

ADRs have no cost for the Parent or school team, while Due Process filings can be costly for both.

 

Additional information click on Facilitated Alternative Dispute Resolution brochure.