Mediation and Facilitated IEP Meetings

Judy 2 By Attorney Judith C. Saltzman


The Ohio Department of Education provides mediation and IEP facilitation services to parents and school districts thatwish to resolve disputes through discussion and negotiation. In both processes, a trained, impartial third party, the mediator, helps the parties communicate with each other about their concerns in an effort to reach a solution. Extensive information about these dispute resolution processes, including the qualifications of all Ohio mediators, can be found on ODE's website.


Two separate resolution processes are available to parents:

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From Our Blog: Accessing ABA Services Under Health Care Reform

The Affordable Care Act, as implemented in Ohio, requires covered health plans to pay for up to 20 hours per week of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) or other comparable evidentiary based services for children up to 21 diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  This is an extraordinary advance for families with children with autism.  While the implications and implementation of this directive are not fully realized at this point, the following provides some guidance based on information available to date.


The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on the Elderly and Individuals with Disabilities 
By Attorneys Janet L. Lowder, CELA* and 
Published in the December 2013 issue of the Bar Journal of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

The Affordable Care Act's broad scope touches virtually every American, albeit in different ways.  This article will discuss its impact on older adults (age 65 and over), and on those individuals with disabilities.

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*Certified Elder Law Attorneys by the National Elder Law Foundation

January 2014 Issue 



Attorney Lisa Montoni Garvin has left our firm to serve as a Magistrate in the Lake County Probate Court.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Attorney Garvin and we wish her all the best in her new position.




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Dale Roy School, Ashland


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