While EAC Network’s Long Island Dispute Resolution Centers (LIDRC) administer a wide range of services, we are highlighting Special Education Mediation specifically because there has been a shift in operations due to the pandemic. We’ve prepared staff and mediators to handle mediations virtually and are successfully holding special education mediations throughout Long Island. As always, EAC Network staff continues to adapt to meet the important and ever-changing demands and needs of families during these unprecedented times.
Parents of children with disabilities and school representatives may choose mediation to help resolve a disagreement about Individualized Education Plans and special education as required by federal law. Special Education Mediation is a confidential and facilitated meeting to discuss concerns and explore solutions collaboratively with the help of a trained neutral. The goal is to come to a mutually acceptable agreement which is legally binding and enforceable in court.
There are numerous benefits to mediation. During these uncertain times, both parents and school representatives maintain a sense of ownership during the process. Children with disabilities are then able to learn and be nurtured through means that are best suited for them.