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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.

Denying Qualified Students with Disabilities Access to...

Jan 9 2008
  Apparently, some schools or school districts have refused to allow qualified students with disabilities the opportunity to participate in challenging academic programs such as Advanced Placement or...

Special Education and Surrogate Parents

Jan 3 2008
             Joanna was frustrated. She had just been assigned to be the social worker for a three year old girl with fetal alcohol syndrome who was in the hospital. The little girl was scheduled to...

Taking Giant Baby Steps: Early Intervention Services Under...

Dec 6 2007
Carmella had just returned from her pediatrician’s office with the news that Edward, her beautiful eleven-month-old boy, may have autism. Carmella had worried that Edward had a disability because she...

Ten Tips to Parents to Improve Participation in IEP Meetings

Nov 6 2007
It was a beautiful but busy Monday morning. The brisk air signaled autumn’s approach as Brenda hustled to get her two boys off  to school. It was the second week of school and she and the boys still...

AT is Where it’s At: Obtaining Assistive Technology for...

Oct 30 2007
  Sometimes things worked out like they were supposed to and Sara was pleased. She had expected to have a fight on her hands as she went into Gracie’s individualized educational program (IEP) meeting...

Working it: Vocational Rehabilitation Services for People...

Oct 26 2007
  In my previous post I briefly discussed vocational rehabilitation services for post secondary students with disabilities. In this post I’ll address what rehabilitation services are, who is eligible...

Supporting Students with Disabilities After High School:...

Oct 19 2007
  While in preschool, elementary and high school children with disabilities are entitled to a free appropriate public education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)  and...

Supreme Court Denies Cert in "Frank G. v. Board of...

Oct 15 2007
  As discussed in my previous post, last week the Supreme Court affirmed the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Board of Education of the City of New York v Tom F. and Gilbert F. . In Tom F.

Supreme Court Affirms Tuition Reimbursement for Private...

Oct 10 2007
  The Supreme Court has affirmed the decision of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Board of Education of the City of New York v. Tom F. and Gilbert F.  This case involves a family that  placed ...

Getting the Most Out of the Least Restrictive Environment

Oct 5 2007
  Brenda tossed her parent folder on to the kitchen table and then slid into the sofa, pleased but exhausted. She had just returned from “Back to School Night” at her sons’ middle school. This was...

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