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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.

Helping Parents Help their Students with Disabilities:...

Aug 1 2008
   Under the IDEA, students with disabilities must be provided the related services they need to benefit from their special education program. In most circumstances those services are provided to the...

Section 504, School Field Trips, and Students with...

Jul 24 2008
In a previous post, Opening the School Door to Section 504, I discussed the Section 504 and ADA requirements to provide services to children with disabilities. If you are not familiar with how...

Second Edition of The Everyday Guide to Special Education...

Jul 18 2008
  Readers, at the end of May I posted that the Second Edition of my book The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law was available for preorder. The book is here and can be ordered now.  

From the Outside Looking In: Independent Educational...

Jul 8 2008
   The parents’ right to obtain an independent educational evaluation (IEE) of their child is an important IDEA procedural safeguard. School districts conduct evaluations to provide information to...

Parent Consent and Independent Educational Evaluation...

Jun 26 2008
  A functional behavior assessment, or FBA, is a tool to gather information about a student’s inappropriate or problem behavior to understand why a student engages in the behavior. Once an IEP team...

Moving On: The IDEA and Summary of Performance for Students...

Jun 9 2008
  Generally, the IDEA requires that once a school district determines that a student has a disability, the district must reevaluate (34 CFR 300.305) the student before the school district determines...

Colorado DDD Proposes Two Step Plan: Change State Rules to...

Jun 3 2008
Readers: I usually try to focus my posts on issues that are of interest nationally, rather than only in my home state of Colorado. This posting, however, focuses on an important  Colorado issue...

The Second Edition of The Everyday Guide to Special...

May 30 2008
Readers as you may be aware, this blog features links for those interested in purchasing my book The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law. I have not, however, directly promoted the book in my...

Keeping it on the down low: The IDEA, School Records, and...

May 14 2008
     A child’s educational records often contain private personal information about the child and the family. In the course of determining a child’s eligibility for special education services and...

H. R. 4188 The IDEA Fairness Restoration Act: Allowing...

Apr 24 2008
       In 2006 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Arlington Central School District Board of Education v. Murphy that parents who prevail in an IDEA case cannot recover the costs of expert witnesses as...

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