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.

Why consider mediation?

Mediation has many benefits for parents, educators and service providers, including:

  • Families can maintain an ongoing and positive relationship with the school system and benefit from partnering with educators or service providers in developing their child’s program.
  • Conflicts that arise out of misunderstandings or lack of shared information can be resolved through mediators helping parents, educators, and service providers to communicate directly with one another.
  • Special education issues are complex and can best be solved by working together.
  • Mediation tends to be faster and less costly than adversarial approaches, such as due process hearings and court proceedings.
  • Mediation results in agreements that participants find satisfactory because they create the document, and research shows that people tend to follow the terms of their mediated agreements.
  • Parties retain control over the process and don’t give control of the outcome to a third party such as a judge or a due process hearing officer.

    Contact WSEMS

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

    PO Box 829
    Madison WI 53701-0829