Special Education Dispute Resolution: Implications for Family Mediators, Clients and school age Children with Disabilities by Richard Erhard | $220


Richard Erhard has extensive background in the provision of services to children with disabilities. This Pre-Conference Institute presentation will discuss key elements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the institutionalized dispute resolution process currently utilized under the IDEA, an alternative Early Dispute Resolution (EDR) mediation model, and the implications of both in family mediation. Topics to be addressed include:

  1. The IDEA and its dispute resolution process: Checking for Understanding
  2. Early Dispute Resolution (EDR) Mediation of special education disputes: Breaking the Waiting to Fail Model!
  3. Co-facilitation of IEP Meetings, Resolution Meetings, Mediation, and the application of the co-facilitation model in family mediation: Coaching and Training

About Our Presenter

erhardRichard Erhard is Principal | Founder of the consulting firm, Richard Erhard and Associates, LLC, providing mediation and consultation services focusing on educational disputes. Mr. Erhard's clients include public school agencies, private parties and non-profit agencies in California and New Mexico. He is currently an Associate member of the American Bar Association and San Diego County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections. Mr. Erhard serves on the board of directors of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) and has done so since 2017. In 2022, Mr. Erhard assumed the Presidency of the SCMA and is currently the SCMA's Immediate Past President. In addition to his private dispute resolution practice and membership, past and present, on multiple non-profit Boards, Mr. Erhard is a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law, Center for Conflict Resolution. Here, Mr. Erhard has taught the following courses: Special Education Dispute Resolution; Directed Research; and Mediation Theory and Practice. In January, 2023, Mr. Erhard was inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN).

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