The Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System helps parents and schools work together to resolve disputes about special education.
We do not provide legal advice or advocacy for either parents or districts, and we do not mediate 504 plan disputes.

What We Do

What We Do

WSEMS is responsible for:

  • Maintaining, supporting, and improving the WSEMS to ensure statewide availability of a high quality system of mediation and facilitation to parents and educators for resolving disputes in special education.
    • Coordinating case intake, screening, and referral.
    • Explaining the process and benefits of mediation to parties.
    • Providing training and technical support for the mediators.
  • Modeling collaboration and promoting awareness about the WSEMS and early dispute resolution options.
    • Offering training in Wisconsin and nationwide about WSEMS and the stakeholders’ based model, mediation and early conflict resolution for parents, schools and others.
    • Developing awareness about mediation, the WSEMS, and early conflict resolution through dissemination of materials in English and Spanish.
    • Maintaining this website at:
  • Collecting, evaluating, and disseminating data, including the identifying of trends and the effectiveness of the WSEMS.

    Contact WSEMS

    888-298-3857 (Toll Free Voice)
    608-283-9106 (Fax)

    PO Box 829
    Madison WI 53701-0829