Alternative Dispute Resolution

FND PEN Workshop and Resources

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Special Education

FND PEN is hosting a virtual workshop with Central Florida Autism Community on Thursday April 21st, 2022 at 8.30pm on Zoom (Register in advance) and live in the CFAC Facebook group .


Workshop Summary

Sometimes parents disagree with the school district about something related to their child and special education. When you disagree or feel that the school is not meeting its legal obligations, there are several ways for parents to resolve these disagreements.

It is usually best for everyone involved to work out differences at the lowest possible level with the least amount of conflict.


This presentation has information about:

1. Informal ways to resolve differences.

2. Formal options offered by the State.

3. Preparing and communicating your concerns.

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Workshop Resources

FND Resources

Soren Richardson - Soren@fndfl.org

Soren is the Assistant Program Director for the Parent Education Network, a project under the Family Network on Disabilities (FND). Soren has completed Florida Partners in Policymaking and Pete’s Wrightslaw workshops. Soren has been involved with the public school system and IEPs for over 5 years and enjoys educating parents how to navigate the special education process. Soren lives in Central Florida with her husband and son. Soren was born and raised in Aruba and speaks four languages (English, Spanish, Dutch and Papiamento).

Thursday, April 21st, 8:30pm

This is an online event.

This event will be held on Zoom (Register in advance)

Parent Education Network

Collectively the PEN Team has over 60 years of experience with all aspects of disability from medical diagnosis, early intervention to school eligibility - IDEA/IEP, inclusion in school & community setting, navigating Transition and Post Secondary options to living independently, and much much more … our goal is to share our experience, strength and hope through informal storytelling of raising our children with a wide range of disabilities & family dynamics.


PEN serves 12 counties from Southeast FL into parts of Central FL, Please call 800-825-5736 if you would like to talk to a Parent trainer.

Upcoming webinars:


May 19: Procedural Safeguards


Past webinars:


September 29, 2021: FND Overview

October 20, 2021: IEP that works/SMART Goals

December 16, 2021: Transition to Kindergarten

January 20, 2022: Diploma Pathways

February 17, 2022: Mini Topical Conference

March 17, 2022: It's All About the Apps