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Alternative Dispute Resolution

South County SELPA offers conflict resolution related to special education concerns, compliance, evaluation, identification, and placement issues for families and districts. Disputes between parents of Special Education students and South County School Districts can often be resolved by providing suggestions and options to avoid state mediations, due process hearings, and/or compliance complaints.

The South County SELPA Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program employs individuals to support parents and districts through their conflict resolution efforts. The ADR Program includes trainings and workshops for parents and school staff, parent to parent support, Individualized Education Program (IEP) attendance, on-going coaching and consulting, facilitated and co-facilitated IEP meetings, facilitated and co-facilitated resolution meetings, and early dispute resolution (EDR) mediation. A description of these services follow:


South County Regional Education Center (800 National City Blvd., National City)

Upcoming Trainings 

 The South County SELPA believes parent/educator engagement is a critical component in supporting the success of a student during their educational journey. Educating parents in the components of the IEP, the parent’s role and the importance of communication and collaboration is the cornerstone to this engagement. Click below to register!

Parent IEP Academy

Parent IEP Academy

Are you interested in increasing your understanding of the IEP process? Do you want to feel confident that you have the necessary tools to fully participate in your child’s IEP? All sessions will be on Zoom. 


Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7 

9 - 10 a.m.

English Registration / Spanish Registration

Informal ADR OPtions

Formal ADR OPtions

ADR Resources

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Heidi Lyon

Coordinator, Special Ed
South County SELPA

Mayra Jaramillo

Spec Ed Resource Asst-SELPA
South County SELPA

Liliana Armenta

Spec Ed Parent Liaison
South County SELPA

Laura Cervantes

Spec Ed Parent Liaison
South County SELPA