The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education
"Encouraging the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special
Advocates Across AmericaJoan McCabe-Kern
P.O. Box 754
Chandler, AZ 85244-0754
Academic DegreesBS in Special Education with certifications in LD, EH and MH
Special Education and Conflict Resolution ExperienceI have taught a variety of individuals of all ages and with a variety of disabilities. I have a BS in Special Education with current certifications (in AZ) in Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities and Mental Disabilities. I was trained as a Mediator for the AZ Dept. of Education - but can no longer be of service due to the IDEA reauthorization because I have represented parents in the past year. As an Education Advocate I developed the Education Advocacy Program for The Arc of AZ, have attended hundreds of IEP's, assisting parents through the maze and am now the Director of Advocates Across America. Our mission is to teach parents to be their child's best advocate and to do it in a non-adversarial manner.