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1 Day Workshops

Dyslexia and the Law – Summer Institute 2019

Note: This is a half-day seminar that runs the afternoon of Friday, July 12th. Consider also signing up for the morning session: Cognitive Neuroscience of Dyslexia.

This course is offered during our Dyslexia Academy for Educators week

This half-day seminar will focus exclusively on legal issues pertaining to the education of students with dyslexia.  Specifically, the IDEA and Section 504 statutory language, regulations, and commentary will be reviewed. In addition, pertinent federal policies, advisories, and opinion letters will be discussed.  Finally, recent court cases discussing the topic of dyslexia from around the country will be analyzed. As part of this overall discussion, relevant Massachusetts legal points will be referenced during the session.   The end result will be a comprehensive review of all legal facets of dyslexia within the legal world.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • identify and explain the statutory and regulatory frameworks tied to dyslexia
  • recognize and understand the key cases dealing with dyslexia
  • understand emerging legal trends pertaining to dyslexia
  • apply legal theories and principles to practical fact patterns and situations



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

Course Information

Certificate of Attendance
Dates/Time Price
July 12, 2019
12:30pm - 3:00pm

Teachers Say...

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

Over 92% of Summer Institute participants believe that their seminars contributed to their professional growth.

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.

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