Special Education Hearing Officer
Pennsylvania Office for Dispute Resolution
United States

Cathy Skidmore has been active in the field of special education dispute resolution in Pennsylvania since 1994, in both formal and alternative dispute resolution processes, currently serving as a full time special education hearing officer.  She has an undergraduate degree in special and elementary education, a Master of Education, and a Juris Doctor degree.  She has been trained in basic and special education mediation and has been involved in collaborative dispute resolution in Pennsylvania.  Ms. Skidmore has been a frequent speaker and lecturer on various aspects of special education and disability law, has co-authored articles related to special education due process, and is active in numerous special education and legal professional organizations.