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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.

Schools Must Proactively Provide Evaluations Under Section...

Dec 14 2010
A school district in Alabama violated Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act because it failed to realize that a  9th grade student's extensive absences and his mother's...

Department of Education Issues Guidance Targeting...

Oct 27 2010
     Yesterday, October 26th 2010, the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights issued a "Dear Colleague" letter to state departments of education and local school districts to clarify...

Celebrating 35 Years of the IDEA:The U.S. Department of...

Oct 19 2010
     The Education for All Handicapped Children Act was originally passed in 1975.

President Obama Signs Rosa's Law Eliminating the"...

Oct 6 2010
      On October 5th, 2010 President Obama signed S. 2781, known as Rosa's law, requiring the federal government to replace the term "mental retardation" with "intellectual disability" in federal...

DOJ Posts Frequently Asked Questions about Filing an ADA...

Aug 6 2010
     The Department of Justice recently posted on its website a customer friendly guide called Frequently Asked Questions about Filing an ADA Complaint. This guide, provided in a question and answer...

Inaccurate and Outdated Training Information Results in 504...

Jun 28 2010
     The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) found that a training manual used by an educational service agency to train school district staff regarding 504 contained  numerous erroneous statements of the...

White House Launches 20th Anniversary Celebration of ADA

Jun 9 2010
     This July 26th 2010 will mark the 20th Anniversary of President George H. W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. Last Sunday night, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to ...

DOJ Issues ADA Guidance for Access to Medical Care for...

May 18 2010
    The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice has issued a 22 page booklet  providing guidance for access to medical care for persons with mobility disabilities.

Shortening School Day for Students Using Accessible Bus,...

Apr 3 2010
     In an Office for Civil Rights (OCR) decision, Sierra Vista (AZ) Unified School District, 54 IDELR 35 (OCR, July 10, 2009) OCR found a violation of 504 when students who used an accessible school...

House Passes HR 4247 Keeping All Students Safe Act

Mar 12 2010
     Last week the House of Representatives voted 262 to 153 to pass HR 4247 the Keeping All  Students Safe Act. This legislation was introduced last December as the Preventing Harmful Restraint and...

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