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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.

Justice Department Sues Private School Chain for...

May 4 2009
     Last Wednesday April 29th the U.S. Justice Department announced that it had filed suit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia against Noble Learning Communities Inc. (Nobel). The Justice...

Supreme Court to Hear Tuition Reimbursement Case: Forest...

Apr 20 2009
     On April 28, 2009, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Forest Grove v. T.A. The issue is whether the school district can be required under the IDEA to reimburse parents for private...

OCR Updates Information Regarding 504 and the Rights of...

Mar 31 2009
     Last fall the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act was passed and signed into law (please see my post President Signs ADA Amendments Act of 2008). The ADA Amendments Act broadened the...

The IDEA and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009

Mar 9 2009
     The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 (ARRA) provides significant new funding for services for children with disabilities under the IDEA's Parts B and C.  These additional IDEA funds...

Discipline and Disability: Determining When a Child's...

Feb 4 2009
    Readers I originally posted this article in October  2007.  I have added some additional content and links to the IDEA Regulations in this  new version.

NDRN Releases Shocking Report on Seclusion and Restraint in...

Jan 13 2009
     Today, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)  issued School is Not Supposed to Hurt, a disturbing national report on seclusion and restraint in U.S. schools. According to the press...

NDRN to Issue Report on Seclusion and Restraint in Schools

Jan 8 2009
     On Tuesday January 13th the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) will conduct a media briefing and will release a disturbing national report on seclusion and restraint in U.S. schools....

New IDEA Rules Clarify Parents' Right to Revoke...

Dec 22 2008
The IDEA requires parental consent before a child receives special education and related services. But the IDEA statute does not say what a Local Education Agency (LEA) should do when a child is...

Section 504 and Providing Health Related Services to...

Dec 9 2008
     In my last post I discussed a California court decision that overturned  guidance issued by the California Department of Education directing  California schools to allow trained lay people to...

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