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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."

The Law Office of Michael E. Boersma, PC

9803 Sunnywood Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
269-720-1409
Fax: 269-375-3107
URL: http://michaelboersmalaw.com

Overall Mediation Training and Consultation Services:

Michael Boersma is a believer in the philosophy of facilitative mediation and facilitative consultation. As a legal practitioner for 10 years, including 7 years in private practice, where his practice included assisting families with IDEA and Section 504 disputes, he has learned the value to parents and districts in early problem solving. This has led him to become heavily involved in alternative dispute resolution as a means of empowering parties to resolve disputes. Mr. Boersma has been involved in community dispute resoltion training and in advanced dispute resolution training for the past four years.

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

Mr. Boersma has extensive familiarity with the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004, the 2005 IDEIA regulations, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and early intervention policy. This knowledge and experience stems from my role as a practicing attorney and as a special education mediator and IEP facilitator.

Additional Information:

Mr. Boersma completed initial 40 hour General Civil mediation training from the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in June, 2003. He has completed over 80 hours of advanced mediation training, including 16 hours of Special Education mediation training (in October 2005) and 16 hours of IEP Facilitation training in April 2006. He has over 300 hours of direct mediation experience and over 20 hours of special education and IEP facilitation experience. Mr. Boersma has provided training for community mediators (a 40 hour class)in conjunction with the Gryphon Place Dispute Resolution Services in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Trainers & Consultants:

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