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THE FOCUS IS ON MUTUAL PROBLEM SOLVING THROUGH OPEN COMMUNICATION.

To encourage early resolution of issues, the Individual with Disabilites Education Act of 1997 mandated that all states offer mediation as a voluntary process for the resolution of early intervention disputes. Mediation is facilitated negotiation in which a neutral third party, a mediator, helps parties resolve their disputes in a private setting. The parties in early intervention mediation are the parents and the county administrative agency.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) made mediation available on July 1, 1998. DHS 90 governs the mediation system. DHS developed the Birth to 3 Mediation System in cooperation with Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation Project (WSEMS). The Birth to 3 Program has developed a brochure and a request form for county administrative agencies and parents to learn about and access the mediation system. (Informacion Espanol and Formulario Espanol )

This web site provides information for parents and agencies interested in mediation.


Mediators encourage discussion, make suggestions, and help parties come to a mutually agreeable solution. The mediator is not a decision-maker.