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