Source: (2003) In Tricia S. Jones and Randy Compton, eds., Kids Working It Out: Stories and Strategies for Making Peace in Our Schools. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Pp. 129-138.

Historically, children with disabilities have generally been excluded from education or given very limited attention. In recent decades in the United States, due to legislation, special educational efforts have been introduced and mandated for such children. Many children with disabilities have thus experienced greater empowerment and success in life than they likely would have experienced otherwise. In this context, Paul Kaplan writes about the value student mediation can have in a special education setting. There are few programs for peer mediation in special education settings, yet there are some. Kaplan describes the development and operation of one such program at Hannah More School in Maryland.