I informed my son's new educational advocate of all that is going on with the school and Elijah. I also sent her a scan of the proposed IEP ammendment that the school sent me regarding Elijah's field trips. I am not signing it and plan on rejecting it. They stated: "Elijah will be given the oppurtunity to participate in school wide events such as field trips, music performances, and field day. A decision will be made on a case to case basis as to which school event would be more suitable for Elijah. Elijah will have the opportunity to prepare for the events with the help of his aide. For events that happen away from school grounds one of his parents will need to accompany him given previous behavioral concerns." Along with this new situation, his extended time outs, the school's lack of his personal care needs, lack of understanding of his diagnoses, lack of individualized programming, and more and more issues are what is making her think it is in Elijah's best interest if we go to mediation with the DOE. I was wondering if anyone has ever gone to mediation? What is the process like? What can I expect?