Heather Kennedy

Heather Kennedy

Heather Kennedy is a recent graduate student from California State University Dominguez hills studying Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She also has a B.S. in Business Management. She is a certified Rhode Island & California Mediator with two decades of conflict resolution experience in business, mental healthcare settings, education, and disability & crisis conflict in families. Her degree concentration was in the study of Disability Community Conflict.

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Articles and Video:

5 Ways Conflict Resolution Practitioners Can Prevent and Resolve Special Education Conflict During the Pandemic (06/16/21)
The current pandemic has created a crucial need for those experienced in conflict resolution practices to prevent and resolve conflict in the education of students with disabilities. Public agencies, schools, and families should utilize those trained in conflict resolution, including mediators, negotiators, and advocates, to combat this crisis and lessen adverse outcomes for those involved.

Special Education In a Pandemic: A Legal and Guideline Summary for Mediators and Conflict Resolution Practitioners (12/11/20)
This paper helps Conflict Resolution Practitioners update their expertise by summarizing current federal legal guidelines, laws and regulations, and expectations from Public Authorities, during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The paper also reviews the expectations and rights of State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, and parents or guardians of children with disabilities during this unprecedented time.

Creating Accessible Mediation (10/09/20)
This paper summarizes legal and ethical reasons for accessible meditations and provides a summary of how to accomplish this goal.

Recent Court ADA Case Review for Conflict Resolution Practitioners (07/16/20)
This paper discusses the emphasis of Alternate Dispute Resolution in the field of ADA and Disability Discrimination and then provides a more detailed review of recent Title I and Title III cases.