Course Listing

Virtual 2 Day Seminars

Special Education Law, Virtual – Summer Institute 2021

If you sign up for this section, you are signing up for a virtual section. There are a limited in-person spaces for this course. If you want to take the course in-person, you must register for the in-person section so we can ensure social distancing.

The content for the virtual section and in-person section is the same.

 

COURSE LOGISTICS

  • Event type: Two-day seminar
  • Section delivery mode: Virtual. The instructor will be on-site, and participants will be virtual.
  • 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: Canvas and Zoom. You will need access to a reliable internet connection and computer with video and audio. Login credentials emailed the day before the course begins.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This two-day seminar presents an overview of federal special education law as well as an update of new special education law developments over the past year. The following key topics under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act will be discussed: eligibility, evaluation, services, placement, discipline, and dispute resolution. In addition, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act will be reviewed.  New Federal cases and United States Department of Education advisories will also be reviewed as part of the seminar. Finally, sample cases and fact patterns will be used to illustrate the application of special education law to common situations involving students and schools.

 Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the key statutes involved in special education law
  • Explain the legal requirements associated with each phase of the special education system
  • Identify new developments in special education law
  • Apply legal principles to common situations that arise and understand the legal implications of decisions involving the education of students with disabilities

 

LEVEL

This course is appropriate for educators at all grade levels.

 

MATERIALS

All necessary materials will be shared electronically.

Course Information

Credits
10 Hours/PDPs
Optional graduate credit for an additional fee of $125
Dates/Time Price
July 21-22, 2021
8:30am - 3:00pm Eastern
$300 $275

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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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