SELPA Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Overview

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)?

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an informal method of settling disagreements that may arise during an IEP meeting.

ADR uses specific options of this process to promote understanding, open communication, and satisfying solutions to conflict that support and strengthen relationships.

ADR is designed to meet the interests of the parties involved that results in a crafted, mutually agreeable, outcome rather than living with a decision made by a third party, such as a hearing officer or judge.

What does ADR look like?

ADR is an effective way for ALL families of children with special needs to work with their schools and school districts to resolve disagreements. 

Why use ADR?

Confidential: All information shared through the ADR process remains confidential unless all parties agree otherwise.

No Cost: ADR options are provided at no cost to the families.

Legal Protections: Parties choosing to engage in any ADR process do not give up their rights to Due Process.

Outcome Oriented: The goal is to establish mutually agreeable solutions resulting in written agreements.