SPECIAL EDUCATION MEDIATION
Mediation & Restorative Services provides Special Education Mediation for Muskegon, Oceana, Mason and Manistee Counties' schools and residents.
Special Education Mediation Services
The SEMS provides services in the earliest stages of intervention and educational planning and beyond:
IFSP and IEP facilitation. Facilitation can help the parties develop the best intervention plan or educational program for the circumstances. A neutral facilitator helps the participants work through communication issues so the participants can focus on and resolve the issues. A successful facilitation can result in a signed IFSP or IEP agreeable to all parties.
Mediation. Mediation aids the parties in resolving disputes that may arise from IFSP or IEP implementation. Mediation is voluntary and confidential. The neutral mediator fosters a cooperative discussion. The parties alone make the final decisions. If they cannot reach a decision, the parties can move on to the hearing process. A successful mediation can result in a written, signed agreement that can be incorporated into an IFSP or IEP.
Training. Learning collaborative communication and dispute resolution techniques can make parents, educators, and service providers more effective in planning and decision making. Workshops can be adapted to the particular needs of organizations, staff, or parent groups.
Outreach. The more people know about facilitation and mediation services, the more they can benefit from them. Presentations can be made around the state, supported by materials that explain the benefits of collaborative methods.