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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.

LRE Applies to Work Placements

Jul 2 2012
In a letter to Jeff Spitzer-Resnick, one of my Protection and Advocacy colleagues with Disability Rights Wisconsin, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)(Letter to Spitzer-Resnick 112 LRP...

District's Safety Concerns Do Not Justify Shortened...

Jun 29 2012
In Castaic (Ca) Union Elementary Sch. Dist., 58 IDELR 234 (OCR IX, San Francisco (Ca) 2011), the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) determined that the school district denied students with mobility...

Parents Concerns Regarding Siblings Immune Deficiency did...

Jun 18 2012
In Stamps ex. rel. H.S.,S.S, and J.S v Gwinnett County Sch Dist., 112 LRP 28567 (11th Cir. 06/04/12 unpublished), the parents of three siblings with genetic conditions, neurological disorders, and an...

Charter School Violated 504 by Requiring Student with...

Jun 5 2012
In Academy of Waterford (MI) 112 LRP 15747 (OCR 2011) the staff at Academy of Waterford, a public charter school in Michigan, violated 504 when it told the parent of 10 year-year-old with diabetes...

Manifestation Determination (MD) Review is Not a Hearing...

Jun 4 2012
 A pet peeve of mine is the common misperception that the manifestation determination review process is a "hearing." The IDEA requires that when a student with a disability has his/her educational ...

Homebound Student May Use 504 and the ADA to Challenge...

May 21 2012
 In Mowry v. Logan County Board of Education, 58 IDELR 192 (S.D. W. Va. 2012), a West Virginia high school student who was placed on a homebound program due to having Fabry's disease (a hereditary...

District Discriminated Against Student by Failing to Follow...

May 18 2012
Parents frequently ask which is better enforced: An IEP or a 504 Plan? While the 504 regulations do not specify the detail regarding developing a 504 plan that the IDEA provides regarding IEPs, 504...

US Department of Education Outlines 15 Principles Regarding...

May 15 2012
Today, the US Department of Education published the Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document to "help  ensure that schools are safe and healthy environments where all students can learn, develop...

Justice Department Settles Complaints with Health Care...

May 14 2012
The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) announced last Friday that it has settled two complaints involving claims that health care providers refused to serve people with HIV in violation of the Americans...

Teacher's Long-term abuse denied student FAPE...

May 7 2012
In Fulton County School District, 112 LRP 1885 (SEA GA 02/01/12) an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)ruled that a Georgia school district denied a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to a student...

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