ADA Mediation Page Editorial 1

by Judy Cohen
April 2001 Judith Cohen
This editorial formally opens the ADA Mediation Page that MIRC has published over the last year, offering the most up-to-date writing and commentary on ADA mediation. This Page is a complement to the ADA Mediation online discussion group at ADA Forum Discussion , where practitioners exchange ideas - with stakeholders and advocates welcome to join in.

This page offers the opportunity for us to share longer written pieces, including articles, relevant legislation, program procedures, and other "products" that contribute to our understanding and to the development of the field. I welcome papers representing both theoretical and practical approaches. I hope to see practical articles such as Top 10 Reasons Why Psychiatric Disability Discrimination Claims Are So Hard To Mediate by Jeff Kichaven and analytical articles like Guidelines For Mediation Of ADA Claims , Bruce Myerson's critique of the ADA Mediation Guidelines, complemented by papers addressing the complexities and the conundrums of ADA mediation. Public policy implications; mediation as standard practice for "enforcement" of civil rights laws; interest- and rights-based issues, along with core values, raised in the same forum -- and data addressing the impact of these practices -- are some of the tough issues that we need to examine in order to move the field forward. I hope to post papers suggesting creative, new approaches to addressing the many compelling questions raised by ADA mediation and papers that suggest ways that classic mediation practices might be further developed for application to ADA cases.

We welcome submissions and suggestions of articles and other pieces to the ADA Mediation Page that contribute to this vision and to ADA mediation practice and understanding. Please send submissions and suggestions to me in electronic format, including reproduction permissions, at


Judy Cohen, a mediator and trainer, specializes in workplace conflict management, focussing on conflict prevention, as well as dispute resolution.  Her mediation practice includes extensive experience with discrimination cases, discipline and discharge, and interpersonal relations. She is a widely published, nationally known expert in Americans with Disabilities Act, with disability-related mediation experience in workplace and public accommodations.   She also works with small business owners, helping them develop more effective partner relationships ships.

Judith Cohen was formerly an Organizational Development Program Manager at the Flight Standards Division of the Federal Aviation Administration Eastern Region. In this role, she implemented conflict management processes, including conflict coaching, mediation, team-building, group facilitation, training, and consultation, for a work force of 500 employees. She also managed the Model Work Environment and the Employee Attitude Survey projects, providing assistance with facility action plans and organizational change activities.

In her prior position as an ADR Program Manager at the FAA, she designed and implemented the EEO internal mediation program, training and supervising mediators and overseeing the program’s administration and evaluation.  In her mediation practice, Judith is attuned to the underlying issues common in disability-related and other workplace cases. She works with the parties to help them consider the range of potential issues and options, so that they can develop solutions with which they feel comfortable. Judith's training practice in conflict management includes extensive work for government agencies, businesses, non-profit organizations, and labor unions. She designs and provides practical, participatory training programs in collaboration with the client.

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