Why mediate? To resolve certain contentious issues
that have developed between specific persons which ultimately interferes with
the IEP meeting process. The primary goal is that all persons
participating in the IEP meeting be able to focus on the development an
individual educational plan that is in the best interest of the youngster and
not be sidetracked by other problematic issues.
When to mediate? Prior to the IEP meeting so the IEP
process is not hindered. This format allows particular persons to resolve
their concerns between each other prior to the IEP meeting, enabling the IEP
Team to concentrate on IEP issues only.
Who attends the mediation? Only those specific persons
with the disagreement who have decision-making power, not the entire IEP Team.
Allows for direct
Third party assistance
Productive future work
Mediators are advocates for a fair process and not for a particular