Course Listing

2 Day Seminars

Special Education Law, In-Person – Summer Institute 2023


  • Delivery mode: In-person
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section



This 2-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



This course is appropriate for educators who work with all grade levels.



Materials will be provided on-site.



Participants may elect to add 1 graduate credit to this course. Graduate credit is an additional $125 and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 Optional Graduate Credit
Dates/Time Price
July 19-20, 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; has counseled law students in the Harvard Law School’s Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising for over 20 years; 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. Dan 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. Dan 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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