Alternative Dispute Resolution: Overview

The Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) is committed to seek out and offer varying alternative dispute resolution activities and options for constituents.  ODR understands the importance of due process; however there are several steps that can be taken prior to filing for a due process hearing in an attempt to reach a resolution.  The alternative dispute resolution options that ODR offers have shown to be successful in helping parties reach an agreement.

IEP Facilitation: A voluntary process that can be used when all parties to an IEP meeting agree that the presence of a neutral third party would help facilitate communication and the successful drafting of the student’s IEP.

Hearing Officer Settlement Conference: A voluntary service for those parties who are close to a resolution, but have identified sticking points or roadblocks, that work with a Settlement Hearing Officer to see if those sticking points/roadblocks can be overcome in order to move to finalizing a resolution and avoiding a hearing.

Resolution Meeting Facilitation:  A voluntary process during a Resolution Meeting where a trained facilitator works with both parties to resolve disagreements, which could eliminate the need to move forward with due process.