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"Keys To Access" Award and Past Recipients In order to further CADRE’s objective of encouraging the broadest possible access to the full range of conflict resolution options, and, to honor individuals and organizations that build schools and communities that are respectful of cultural, linguistic and class differences, we are pleased to present the "Keys to Access" Award.

2000 "Keys to Access" Award Presented The 2000 "Keys To Access" Award was presented on December 1, 2000 at CADRE's National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education in Washington, D.C. The award was presented to Dick Lash and Myrta Cuadra in recognition of their outstanding contribution to special education. The award was presented by CADRE Mediation Specialist Anita Engiles and CADRE Director Marshall Peter.

2001 "Keys To Access" Award Presented to Mobility International, USA CADRE is pleased to announce the selection of Mobility International USA (MIUSA) as the recipient of the 2001 “Keys to Access” Award.

2002 "Keys To Access" Award Presented to John Paul Lederach CADRE is pleased to announce the selection of John Paul Lederach as the recipient of the 2002 "Keys to Access" Award.

2004 "Keys To Access" Award Presented to Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development CADRE is pleased to announce the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development as recipient of the 2004 "Keys to Access" Award.

2005 "Keys To Access" Award Professor Floyd D. Weatherspoon CADRE is pleased to announce Floyd D. Weatherspoon, Professor of Law at Capital University Law School as the recipient of the 2005 Keys to Access Award. Prof. Weatherspoon’s inspirational leadership has drawn national attention to the critical need to increase the presence of minority professionals at all levels and in all areas of alternative dispute resolution. The Award will be presented at CADRE’s National Symposium on IEP Facilitation.

2006 "Keys To Access" Award Presented to the Honorable Robert M. Bell CADRE is pleased to announce that the Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals and a civil rights hero, received the "Keys to Access" Award at On the Road to Agreement ~ IDEA '04 & More: The Fourth National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education.

2008 "Keys To Access" Award Presented to Sharman Davis Barrett and the Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers CADRE is pleased to announce that Sharman Davis Barrett and the Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers received the "Keys to Access" Award at the 11th Annual ALLIANCE National Conference: Parent Centers United for Excellence.

ADA Mediation Guidelines: An Ongoing Endeavor ADA Guidelines were issued in February 2000. As the Work Group intended, a collaborative process has continued in the intervening years. This article highlights some of the resulting developments.

ADA Mediation Standards The ADA Mediation Guidelines for mediation providers are the product of a national Work Group convened to develop mediation practice Guidelines unique to conflicts arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

CADRE & IDEA Partnership The CADRE/IDEA Partnership ADR Workgroup is a collaboration that engages diverse stakeholders from national organizations in an effort to promote the use of appropriate dispute resolution. The stakeholder workgroup has developed presentations that have been delivered at national conferences.

Considerando Mediación de Especial Educación La mediacion es una manera flexible de resolver los desacuerdos entre la escuela o sistemas de intervención temprana ("early intervention") y los padres de niños con discapacidades. Una persona neutral, llamada un mediador, ayuda a los padres, educadores, y proveedores de servicios a comunicarse más efectivamente y a desarrollar un documento escrito que contiene los detalles de su acuerdo. Este Documento fue publicado en 1999. Mas informacion sobre IDEA 2004. View this document in English.

Considerations for Mediating with People Who Are Culturally Deaf Historically, mediation has not been an effective venue for dispute resolution for Deaf people because of linguistic inaccessibility and cultural non-recognition. Like other linguistic minority groups who experience and resolve conflict in a manner consistent with their social and communicative norms Deaf people have some unique perspectives. The following article illuminates some of these perspectives and explains how mediators can address these differences when working with Deaf people, in order to make mediation a more linguistically and culturally respectful and responsive endeavor. A CADRE Publication. This document was published in September 2002. More information on IDEA 2004.

Dealing With Worldviews In Interpersonal Conflict What fuels our daily experiences? Why are we so challenged by the dynamics of interpersonal relationships? Whether a CEO, a police officer, a parent, a lawyer, a news reporter, or a senator, we all face decisions on how to deal with the events of the day. The "how" is determined by our uniquely personal worldviews - the lens through which we interpret the world. Gaining an understanding of one's personal worldview - its components and mechanisms - is a potent way to expand our ability to deal with conflict.

El Premio las Claves de Acceso Con el fin de apoyar el objetivo de CADRE de fomentar el más amplio acceso posible a la serie completa de opciones para la resolución de conflictos y para honrar aquellos individuos y organizaciones que construyen escuelas y comunidades que respetan las diferencias culturales, lingüísticas y de clase, es un placer anunciar el Premio las Claves de Acceso. View this document in English.

Keys to Access There are a number of reasons for making mediation more accessible and responsive to families from culturally, economically and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This document is intended to provide educators with guidance that may help them understand why some families may not participate in mediation, and strategies for increasing the participation of families from diverse backgrounds. Most importantly, Keys to Access offers practical recommendations that school personnel, early intervention service providers, mediation providers, and families can use to develop the knowledge, positive attitudes, skills and strengths necessary for genuine collaboration. The results of these collaborative partnerships may be reflected in improved programs for children with disabilities. This document was published in November 1999. More information on IDEA 2004.

Las Familias y las Escuelas: Resolviendo las Disputas através de la Mediación Han surgido muchas preguntas sobre qué es exactamente la mediación y cómo se lleva a cabo. Esta publicación ha sido desarrollada por el Consorcio para la Resolución Apropiada de Disputas en la Educación Especial (CADRE) para responder a las preguntas que tantos padres, profesores, administradores y muchas otras personas tienen acerca de la mediación. A través de la presentación de casos de la vida real, el lector comprenderá mejor el proceso de la mediación y su flexibilidad inherente. Este Documento fue publicado en Diciembre 2003. Mas informacion sobre IDEA 2004. View this document in English.

Making Mediation Sessions Accessible To People With Disabilities Mediators have recently become aware of the need to make these mediation sessions accessible to people with disabilities. This development is largely due to disputes that have arisen as a result of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, all mediation sessions involving people with disabilities need to be accessible, not only ADA mediation sessions.

Mediating Reasonable Accommodations for ADA Cases: What Every Mediator Needs To Know "What has disability got to do with conflict?" The disability itself is not the source of "conflict" between parties. Instead, it’s the perceptions or attitudes that lead to miscommunication and breakdowns in relations.

Padres y Educadores Que Trabajan Hacia Soluciones Mutuas Este vídeo, "Los Padres y Los Educadores Trabajando Hacia Soluciones Mutuas", fue desarollado en común por La Alianza de la Asistencia Técnica para los Centros del Padre (La Alianza) y El Consorcio Para La Resolución Apropiada Del Conflicto En La Educación Especial (CADRE). View this video in English.

Preguntas Frecuentes Acerca de la Mediación Esta publicación ha sido desarrollada por CADRE (Consorcio para la Resolución Apropiada de Disputas en la Educación Especial) con el fin de responder a la gran cantidad de preguntas que muchos padres, maestros, y administradores, entre otras personas tienen acerca de la mediación. Desde preguntas básicas tales como, “¿Qué es la mediación?” y “¿Cómo funciona ésto?” a “¿Por qué querría yo usar la mediación?” y “¿Quién toma las decisiones?” estas preguntas proporcionan al lector información simple y directa. Algunas de las respuestas a estas preguntas incluyen una referencia a la sección actual de las regulaciones federales que tratan con la mediación. Este Documento fue publicado en Febrero de 2003. Mas informacion sobre IDEA 2004. View this document in English.

Special Education Mediation: A Guide for Parents (Hmong) Kev xab thooj cov lus tsis sib haum hauv kev kawm ntawv tshwj xeeb yog ib phau ntawv rau cov niam txiv uas yog Qhov chaw koom txhawb tswv yim rau cov koom haum txhawb nqa niam txiv thiab qhov chaw txhim kho kom muaj kev sib kho yooj yim hauv kev kawm ntawv tshwj xeeb tau tsim los. Phau ntawv no tau tsim los raws li tau cog lus nrog qhov chaw txhawb kev kawm ntawv tshwj xeeb ntawm ceem fwv fab kev kawm ntawv, CFDA H326D98002. This document was completed in February 2002. More information on IDEA 2004.

Unique Issues in Mediating ADA Disputes Although cases arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sometimes present straightforward generic mediation issues, they frequently raise unique and multi-layered issues for the mediator. It is important for ADA mediators to be trained in disability law, and in disability awareness including bias issues, disability access, and how to set up and run an accessible mediation session. Often, however, no particular knowledge about disability is required of the mediator. In many cases, the person with the disability or his representative provides any necessary information during the session.

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