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 about the law?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law designed to insure that children with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

Mediation Under IDEA ’04

Mediation Under Regulations ’06


State law (Wis. Stat. 115.797) requires mediation to be offered as an option in Wisconsin. DPI Information Update Bulletin No. 98.07 (now Bulletin No. 08.02) describes the mediation system in detail.

Wisconsin Statutes on Special Education Mediation

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    888-298-3857 (Toll Free Voice)
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    PO Box 829
    Madison WI 53701-0829