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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.

Placing Student on Homebound for Most of His Senior Year...

May 4 2011
     In Logan County(WV) School, 55 IDELR 297 (OCR 2010), the Office for Civil Rights found that the school district violated Section 504 when it placed a student with disabilities on homebound...

Student with OCD and Tourette Syndrome Making Good Grades...

Apr 6 2011
     I am often asked whether a student who has disabilities but is making good grades can be eligible for services under Section 504. In Miller (GA) School District 56 IDELR 53 (OCR 2010) the Office...

IDEA Fairness Restoration Act introduced in Congress

Mar 28 2011
     On March 17, 2011 the IDEA Fairness Restoration Act was introduced in the Senate (S. 613) by Senators Harkin, Mikulski, and Sanders and in the House (H.R. 1208) by Congressman Chris Van Hollen...

Remember that 504 Requires Manifestation Determinations for...

Mar 2 2011
     In Springfield School District #186, 55 IDELR 206 (OCR June 29, 2010), the Office for Civil Rights determined that a school district violated Section 504 when it expelled a 7th Grader with ADHD...

Court Rules Parents Entitled to Private School Tuition...

Feb 15 2011
     In Mr. and Mrs. A v. New York City Department of Education , a United States District Court has ruled that under certain circumstances, when parents cannot afford to make private school tuition...

OSEP Clarifies that RTI Process Cannot Delay-Deny IDEA...

Feb 4 2011
     Since the Response to Intervention (RTI) process was referred to in the IDEA regulations as a means of  identifying a student as having a specific learning disability, there has been confusion...

School Should Have Been Proactive to Protect Student with...

Jan 24 2011
The Office for Civil Rights determined that the fact that a student with cognitive disabilities never actually filed a  written complaint against schoolmates who regularly called him "retard", "...

New Preventing Litigation in Special Education WORKBOOK...

Jan 7 2011
 Readers, many of you may be familiar with my book The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law.  I'm proud to announce that a new book is now available to assist parents and educators in...

2010 in review

Jan 2 2011
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here's a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever. ...

GAO Reports on Cases of Public and Private Schools that...

Dec 17 2010
The Government Accounting Office (GAO) has published a report, Selected Cases of Public and Private Schools That Hired or Retained Individuals with Histories of Sexual Misconduct,  that reveals...

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