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Randy Chapman

Author: Randy Chapman, Esq.

Randy Chapman has been the director of legal services at Disability Law Colorado since 1980. He played a pivotal role in the development of disability law and helped break ground in implementing special education law.

He has authored multiple publications about special education law, and overseen legal representation to more than 25,000 people with disabilities in Colorado.

On 39th Anniversary of 504 OCR Issues "Disability...

Oct 8 2012
     On the 39th Anniversary of the passage of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) within the U.S. Department of Education has published Disability Rights...

School District Could Not Rely Solely on Good Grades When...

Oct 3 2012
In Cabarrus County (NC) Schs., 59 IDELR 113 (OCR XI, D.C. (NC) 2012), the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) determined that a North Carolina school district may have mistakenly determined a 14 year-old...

US Department of Education Provides Bullying Prevention...

Oct 2 2012
     On September 28, the United States Department of Education released a free training toolkit for classroom teachers to use to reduce incidents of bullying. The toolkit was developed by the Safe...

Justice Department Settles with Pennsylvania School for $...

Sep 18 2012
On September 12, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it and the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania have reached a settlement with the Milton Hershey School (School) of Hershey, Pa...

School breaks, including summer, do not extend the time...

Sep 5 2012
I frequently hear from parents that they have been told by school staff that their child could not be evaluated for special education eligibility because school was out for the summer and staff were...

General Education "Innovative Teaching Practices...

Aug 22 2012
A school district must develop an IEP for a student with a disability even though the instruction the student needs is part of the district's general education program or "best teaching practices."...

General Education "Innovative Teaching Practices...

Aug 22 2012
A school district must develop an IEP for a student with a disability even though the instruction the student needs is part of the district's general education program or "best-teaching practices."...

Preschool Children with Disabilities Have Right to Least...

Jul 27 2012
There is frequently confusion regarding how least restrictive environment (LRE) applies to preschool children with disabilities. Preschool-aged children with disabilities are children with...

District's Indifference to Bullying and Harassment of...

Jul 19 2012
The school district in Preston ex rel. A.P. v. Hilton Cent. Sch. Dist., 112 LRP 36253 (W.D.N.Y. 07/11/12), claimed that because its staff's failure to investigate the bullying and harassment of a...

Decisions Regarding Students Using Service Animals at...

Jul 11 2012
Section 504 requires that school districts consider a student's request to bring a service animal to school individually and, like most issues involving students with disabilities, the decision must...

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