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Special Education Law – Summer Institute 2019

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the Special Education Law seminar has been moved to the week following the originally scheduled date. The seminar will now take place July 22 to 26. 

This seminar presents an analysis and discussion of key legal concepts in the law of special education. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as well as the latest implementing regulations for both statutes will be addressed. In addition, leading cases associated with special education law will be reviewed and analyzed. The class will discuss specific issues such as eligibility, evaluation, services, placement, discipline, dispute resolution,  bullying & harassment, and dyslexia as it relates to students with disabilities. Finally, practical application of the law to hypothetical situations will be used.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • explain and differentiate the key statutes involved in special education
  • recognize and understand the leading federal cases dealing with special education
  • understand the key legal requirements under each component of special education law
  • apply legal theories and principles to practical fact patterns and situations



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

Course Information

45 Hours/PDPs
3 graduate credits (fee included in course tuition)
Dates/Time Price
July 22-26, 2019
8:30am - 4:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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.


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