Special Education Mediation

In partnership with NYSDRA and the NYS Education Department, this program addresses disputes involving school districts and the parents / guardians of students identified as having special needs.

Our mediators are specially trained to assist with these issues, and help participants reach solutions that are satisfactory for all parties.

Benefits of Special Education Mediation:

1. Enhanced Communication and Understanding: Special education mediation encourages open dialogue and active listening between parents, educators, and school districts. By understanding each other’s perspectives and concerns, all parties can work together to find common ground and develop solutions that prioritize the student’s best interests.

2. Empowerment and Ownership: Mediation empowers parents and students by allowing them to actively participate in the decision-making process. It gives them a voice and ensures their concerns are addressed. By involving all stakeholders in shaping the student’s education plan, mediation promotes a sense of ownership and collaboration, leading to better outcomes.

3. Timely Resolution: Disputes within the special education system can be time-consuming and emotionally draining. Mediation offers a more efficient alternative to resolving conflicts, helping avoid lengthy legal proceedings. By engaging in open dialogue and problem-solving, mediation can expedite the resolution process, allowing students to receive the necessary support promptly.

4. Cost-effective: Mediation is often a more cost-effective approach compared to litigation. It eliminates the need for expensive legal representation and court fees, making it accessible to a wider range of families. Additionally, its focus on collaboration and agreement minimizes the need for future disputes, saving both time and resources.

5. Preserving Relationships: Special education mediation recognizes the importance of maintaining positive relationships between parents, educators, and school districts. By fostering constructive dialogue and problem-solving, mediation helps preserve trust and cooperation, creating a more conducive environment for the student’s educational journey.

Our mediation services are free or low-cost.

For more information or to open a case for mediation with the DRC, call Jolynn at 845-372-8771 x5001, or email at mediation@drcservices.org.

A Request for Mediation Form can be found here.

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