Name: Kaye K. Vance
Location: Glendale, WI; Rhinelander, Wi; statewide availability
Current Experience: I have mediated or facilitated over 300 special education meetings in all disability areas.
Background and experience with special education. I have served as a:
Disclosure: I am a parent of an adult child with special needs.
My Approach to the Mediation and the IEP Facilitation Processes:
I work to focus both mediation and IEP meetings on the student. I believe parents are critical experts regarding their child, and the school staff are trained experts and teach the student on a daily basis. When it is appropriate I encourage the student to attend. At a meeting, each party will share ideas, concerns and their different perspectives. In both facilitated IEP meetings and mediations, I ensure that each person is listened to and heard. My approach is to encourage working together towards a result that permits each person to move forward to benefit the student.
In Mediation, I am proactive, creative and positive. I very much want the process to work. My role is to clarify, elicit suggestions, keep the meeting focused and at times, present options.
IEP Facilitation is different from mediation. The IEP meeting is a legally required decision making process that, at its best, unites the school and the parents in the development of a clear educational blueprint. I facilitate the meeting within the IEP requirements, talk with the parties to identify priorities and guide the meeting to completion in a timely manner.
* Section 504 is a federal law that addresses discrimination concerning handicapped students. WSEMS is not involved with 504 plans and does not mediate disputes between families and districts about 504 plans.