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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.

Using the State Education Agency Complaint Process to...

Apr 14 2008
      In a recent series of articles I covered resolving disputes under the IDEA through mediation, the resolution process, and due process hearings.

Special Education Services in the Summer: The IDEA and...

Apr 2 2008
     Summer is rapidly approaching. For most children summer means time off from school. But for some students with disabilities, interrupting their school program during the summer break,...

Protection from Retaliation

Mar 19 2008
       Sometimes individuals are intimidated or harassed because they are trying to enforce or help others to enforce the right to be free from disability based discrimination under Section 504 and  ...

What if we don’t work it out? Due Process Hearings Under...

Mar 7 2008
     Sometimes mediation, the resolution session, or other efforts do not resolve the dispute and parents or the school district still wish to have a due process hearing.

We Can Work it Out Part III: Using the Resolution Process...

Feb 25 2008
    As yet another way to resolve disputes before a due process hearing, the IDEA 2004 added a resolution process. Once a due process complaint notice is filed, the school district is required to...

We Can Work it Out Part II: Using Mediation to Resolve...

Feb 14 2008
 The last post began a short series of articles on dispute resolution under the IDEA 2004. That article ended with the requirements for filing a due process complaint notice. This post covers...

We Can Work it Out: Using the IDEA 2004 to Resolve Disputes...

Feb 6 2008
My posts this week and next week will cover the IDEA 2004 formal procedures for resolving disputes prior to a due process hearing. This week I’ll cover the due process complaint notice and next week...

Avoiding Stormy IEP Meetings:Tips for Chairing an IEP...

Jan 29 2008
  Principal Fife was the captain of the good ship HMS Middle School. He knew his mission, keep the school ship shape, hatches battened down, and sailing straight. Through twenty years serving in her...

Protecting Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities from...

Jan 22 2008
      Congress originally passed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) in 1974 to provide federal funding to states to support Child Protective Service Agencies to help prevent child...

New Jersey Places IDEA Burden of Proof on School Districts

Jan 15 2008
  Yesterday New Jersey's Governor Corzine signed into law state legislation placing the burden of proof in all special education due process hearings on the school districts regardless of whether the...

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