ADA Mediation allows the parties, not a judge or the mediator, to control the outcomes of their dispute. Parties work together, and there is room to negotiate the terms of the agreement and the timeline for implementation. The matter is not closed until the parties verify that all of the terms of the agreement have been implemented. Either party can withdraw from mediation at any time.
To help avoid expensive court fees and related costs, the DOJ often encourages the use of the ADA Mediation Program. In enacting the ADA, Congress specifically encouraged the use of alternative means of dispute resolution, including mediation, to resolve ADA disputes. Through its ADA Mediation Program, the Department refers appropriate ADA disputes to mediators at no cost to the parties. The mediators in the Department of Justice program are professional mediators who have been trained in the legal requirements of the ADA. The Department’s program has resolved many ADA disputes quickly and effectively.Resolving ADA Complaints Through Mediation
- The Department of Justice’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Mediation Program (the Program) informally resolves ADA complaints, allowing parties – the person who filed the complaint and the business or local government named in the complaint – to develop mutually agreed upon solutions that comply with the ADA.
- Since its inception, the Program has mediated more than 4,000 complaints nationwide, with 78% of them resulting in successful resolutions.
- Using professional ADA-trained mediators throughout the United States, the Program provides a confidential, voluntary way to resolve ADA complaints fairly and quickly.
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