Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

ADR Helpline (805) 593-3122

Informal Alternatives to Resolve Special Education Disputes:

  • Resource Parent
  • Facilitated IEP
  • Resolution Sessions


What is ADR?

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) involves providing alternative means of solving problems that arise between families and schools. The ADR program involves everything from training parents and educators in effective communication and negotiation skills to conducting local informal mediation. We have had a very strong success rate of preventing conflicts from going to fair hearing 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 money for both parties.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) allows
the parties in conflict to control and shape their own agreement.

Collaborative working relationships between parents and district
personnel is not only maintained, but often improved.

The SELPA is proud to offer a variety of ADR Services.