While there are established programs and a growing dialogue regarding student-led IEP’s, youth involvement in peer mediation and parent/teen mediation, relatively little information has surfaced on the inclusion of students with disabilities in their special education mediations. How does a student’s presence affect the relationship between the parties? Does the student’s presence impact the power of the mediation agreement? What role does the student’s age play in determining the appropriateness of his or her participation? This interactive session will explore the benefits of and considerations for including students in their special education mediations, and address recommendations for successfully facilitating mediations in which the student is involved.

Moving Upstream: The Third National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education 2004