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2 Day Seminars

Special Education Law – Summer Institute 2020

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.



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



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.


This course is offered for 1.0 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Related area).

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 Optional Graduate Credit
1.0 ASHA CEUs (optional)
Dates/Time Price
July 20-21, 2020
8:30am - 3:00pm
$300 $275

Teachers Say...

"This class was a comprehensive exploration of Special Education Law and specific state and federal rulings. Very helpful!"

Carolyn Jerzylo
Educator / Assistant Principal

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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