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Key Recent Massachusetts Hearing Decisions on Learning Disabilities, Virtual – Summer Institute 2023

Please note that we are no longer able to offer this virtual course. 



  • Delivery mode: Entirely virtual. There is no in-person component for the virtual courses.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section. Please be prepared to be available for a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction for the entire duration of this course.
  • Platform: Zoom. You will need access to a reliable internet connection and computer with video and audio. Login credentials will be emailed prior to the course beginning.



This 1-day virtual workshop will identify and analyze a series of recent decisions issued by the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals involving children with learning disabilities. In addition to learning the roadmap and pitfalls of the hearing process, participants will learn the important factual and legal distinctions that caused Hearing Officers to decide cases in favor of either districts or parents.  

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the legal principles governing BSEA and court special education decisions
  • Identify the key components of a case that determine the outcome of a decision
  • Recognize the essential elements necessary to both settle and prevail in a special education dispute
  • Know the current legal trends emerging in cases involving students with learning disabilities



This course is appropriate for educators at all grade levels.



Materials will be provided electronically.

Course Information

5 Hours
Dates/Time Price
July 21, 2023
8:30am - 3:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Dan Ahearn, B.A.; M.A.Ed.; 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 ; and chairs the annual Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education seminar School Law Basics as well as several other seminars regarding practice before the BSEA, mock trials, and school discipline. He has previously taught in the Boston University School of Law First Year Writing Program for over ten years and also counseled law students in the Harvard Law School’s Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising for over 20 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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