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Dyslexia Legal Case Studies – Summer Institute 2020

This seminar will focus on a series of Decisions on the issue of Dyslexia issued by the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals during the past year.   After a brief overview of the IDEA’s legal framework for Dyslexia (and Specific Learning Disabilities), this session will then analyze Decisions. For each Decision, participants will study a synopsis of the key factual details in the Summary of the Evidence; read the Findings and Conclusion; and identify important variables within the Decision.  Ample opportunity for discussion and questions will be incorporated into the seminar.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the legal requirements associated with Dyslexia under the IDEA.
  • Identify the key variables within each Decision.
  • Recognize developing trends in the legal analysis of Dyslexia.
  • Apply learned legal principles to situations that arise and understand the legal implications of decisions involving the education of students with Dyslexia.



This course is appropriate for educators and administrators at all levels.


This course is offered for .25 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Related area).

Course Information

Certificate of Attendance
0.25 ASHA CEUs (optional)
Dates/Time Price
July 6, 2020
12:30pm - 3:00pm

Teachers Say...

Over 99% of Summer Institute participants believe that their instructors were knowledgeable and used current research.

About the Instructor

Dan Ahearn, M.A., J.D.

Dan Ahearn, M.A., J.D., practices disability, special education, education, and children’s law. He currently teaches a Children & Disability Law course at Suffolk University Law School; counsels law students in the Harvard Law School’s Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising; and chairs the annual Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education seminar School Law Basics. He has previously taught in the Boston University School of Law First Year Writing Program for over ten years. He has written numerous articles on special education law for MCLE books and for other journals. He works in the education field at the Landmark School. He was the past Director of the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals and a Senior Attorney at the Disability Law Center in Boston.


Financial: Mr. Ahearn receives compensation in the form of his salary as Director of the Outreach Program.
Nonfinancial: Mr. Ahearn states no nonfinancial relationship exists

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