Download: Sample Scripts for Dispute Resolution

By Andrew M.I. Lee, JD

Script: Disagreeing With an Evaluation ResultPDF

Script: Asking for a Program or ServicePDF

Script: Asking for Assistive TechnologyPDF

Script: Asking for an AccommodationPDF

Script: Convincing the School Not to Reduce ServicesPDF

Script: Opening Statement in a Mediation or HearingPDF

Speaking up for the services and your child needs is a vital skill. But if there’s a dispute or negotiation, what can you say? Here are examples of how you can advocate for your child.

Keep in mind that it’s very important to have a written record of school decisions. If the school denies a request, you need them to send you a letter explaining why. This paper trail will be key if you later decide to challenge a school decision. Be sure to take a look at sample letters for communicating with your school during a dispute, too.

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    Andrew M.I. Lee, JD is an editor and attorney who strives to help people understand complex legal, education, and parenting issues.

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    JoAnna Barnes, JD is a lawyer and the parent of a high school student and a college student with learning disabilities.