of Special Education Mediation From the Oakland County
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In 1996, the Michigan Department
of Education established a wonderful program for schools and
parents to utilize, namely, mediation. The mediation program
is designed to resolve conflict between parents and schools
without the use of due process hearings. Mediation has proven
to be effective because it provides a neutral forum for
parties to communicate their interests and propose realistic
solutions to their problems. A neutral person called a
mediator or facilitator assists the parties in this process.
Why try Mediation?
Mediation is FREE of cost to schools or parents; a due process
hearing costs $40,000 per hearing.
Mediation can be requested at an MET, IEP meeting or prior to
a due process hearing.
It allows the disputing parties to reach their own resolution.
Any agreement made in mediation can be included in the
studentís IEP program.
Improves relationships between parents and schools.
It allows de-escalation of conflict.
Mediation is confidential.
What Oakland Mediation Center offers?
FREE special education mediations
FREE MET or IEP facilitations
FREE conflict resolution workshops
Who Can I Contact For More Information?
Manager, Specialty Mediation & HR
Oakland Mediation Center
550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Tel. (248) 338-4280, extension 11
Fax. (248) 338-0480