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The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education

"Encouraging the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special
education and early intervention programs."

Stetson and Associates, Inc.

13910 Champion Forest
Suite 208
Houston, TX 77069
(281) 440-4220
Fax: (281)440-4280
URL: http://stetsonassociates.com

Overall Mediation Training and Consultation Services:

Certified in basic mediation, 1996-Certified in Family/divorce, 1999.Our 14 year old firm currently has major clients in at least 8 states, most of consultation and training is in regard to assisting schools provide a free, appropiate education in inclusive settings. We believe that disagreements between the parties( parents and schools) can be benificial to students if the appropiate problem-solving techniques can be employed. We assume that both parties have the child's best interest at heart, but just haven't been able to really understand the other's viewpoints-for whatever reasons. Mediation- if really seen as mutually benificial- can create a more trusting environment for problem-solving.Our experience has been that mediation almost always works- if the attornies are either absent, or in the background.

Familiarity with special education, early intervention and IDEA '97 regulations:

Our firms' associates represent over 200 years of experience in education- most of it in special education, either as special education teachers , diagnosticians, counselors, or administrators.One of senior associates worked at OSEP (then BEH) when the original 94-142 regs were written and has continued to be involved in the national dream of FAPE for all students with disabilities, including the re-authorization in 97

Trainers & Consultants:

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