Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) involves providing alternative means of solving problems that arise between families and schools. The ADR program involves everything from training educators in effective communication and negotiation skills to referring parents and LEAs to an Independent Child Advocate employed by Social Advocates for Youth (SAY). We have had a very strong success rate of preventing conflicts from going to due process hearings at the state level. The intent of this program is to maintain positive relationships between the student's family and the school as well as to save time and money for both parties. More information about ADR is available in our program brochures (see Related Documents).
Special Education Compliance Assistance provides conflict resolution related to special education compliance and placement issues for LEAs and other agencies:
95 Percent of ADR Cases are Resolved Without Going to Due Process
The Sonoma County SELPA will facilitate an Alternative Dispute Resolution process to help resolve conflicts between schools and families with children in special education. The program serves the families of all children in special education within Sonoma County. Major components of the program include:
The Alternative Dispute Resolution process was developed in response to the growing need for a better way for families and schools to resolve their differences around special education.
The Goal is to help Parties Reach mutually agreeable solutions while maintaining positive relationships.
Parent of Enrolled Student
Sonoma County SELPA Community Advisory Committee