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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.

Court Overturns California Department of Education...

Nov 19 2008
     In August of 2007 the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the California Department of Education (CDE) entered into an agreement that ensured that students with diabetes had access to...

6th Circuit Lets Parent File Retaliation Suit for...

Nov 3 2008
     In Jenkins v. Rock Hill Local School District and Evans  513 F.3d 580 (6th Cir. 2008) the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has supported a parent's right to sue for retaliation when the school...

The IDEA and Charter Schools

Oct 29 2008
     What are charter schools?

For Some Families There's No Place Like Home: The IDEA...

Oct 9 2008
All fifty states have laws allowing parents to home school their children. Under the IDEA special education includes specially designed instruction in the home when that home based instruction is...

President Signs ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Sep 25 2008
Finally some good news! Following on the heels of the Senate's passage last week of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, President Bush this morning signed the act into law. In a written statement issued...

ADA Amendments Act of 2008 Clears Congress, Awaits...

Sep 17 2008
     Last week the ADA Amendments Act passed the Senate and today it has passed the House of Representatives. President Bush is expected to sign this important legislation into law. The amendments ...

Senate Passes ADA Restoration Act

Sep 12 2008
     Yesterday afternoon the US Senate passed, by unanimous consent, S. 3406 The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 also known as the ADA Restoration Act. This act overturns Supreme Court decisions that...

10th Circuit Denies Private Residential Placement for Child...

Sep 12 2008
In Thompson R2-J School District v Luke P., a case out of Colorado, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a district court decision ordering the Thompson School District to reimburse the...

Ninth Circuit Rules that Limiting Parents’ Expert’s Class...

Aug 21 2008
    In L.M. v Capistrano Unified School District, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that limiting the parents’ classroom observational opportunities to twenty minute sessions, while the...

Services Plans for Parentally-placed Private School...

Aug 19 2008
     Some students with disabilities attend private rather than public schools. There are three scenarios in which a student with a disability might be placed in a private school. First, the public...

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