ADR CONNECTS is an initiative to raise awareness of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services available, to all residents at low or no cost, through The New York State Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program (CDRCP). Individuals, families and communities come to CDRCS for help with difficult conversations, decisions and disputes about a variety of issues and concerns.
We all have conflicts in our lives, and ADR processes like mediation, conflict coaching and restorative practices, effectively save people time and money and support personal voices and choices.
ADR CONNECTS is a partnership with The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council that improves access to highly effective CDRC programs services to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families and communities managing difficult conversations, decisions, and disputes.
The core values of ADR support human, civil and legal rights; self-determination; and dignity. CDRC services help people develop communication skills, strengthen relationships, and reach positive outcomes that contribute to well-being.
BENEFITS OF ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
People choose to participate and talk about what matters to them
WHAT BRINGS PEOPLE TO A CDRC
We all have conflicts in our lives that can cause stress, impact health and well-being, harm important relationships, and compromise communities.
CDRCs services help people constructively respond to difficult conversations, decision making, and disputes. Issues include family responsibilities; housing and neighbor disputes; small claims, consumer and business conflicts; education and employment situations; and service provision issues in legal, financial, and health matters.
Individuals with IDD, their families, and communities can learn constructive ways to express opinions and manage conflict to address these and other issues often involved with adaptations, changes, and transitions often associated with disability, dignity, autonomy and human, civil and legal rights. People come to CDRCs for effective early interventions on their own or they may be referred by friends, advocates, agencies, schools, law enforcement, organizations, lawyers, courts, and other trusted resources.
Individuals with disabilities often depend on family members for assistance with daily living activities in various ways throughout their lives. Shifting roles and responsibilities can strain relationships and lead to stressful situations and conflicts affecting important relationships.
Individuals living in family, cohousing and independent arrangements often find differences in lifestyles and activities can create conflict and limit community connection. Accessibility issues may reveal additional needs for accommodations and disputes between roommates and other residents.