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Education and Disability Law (Harris)

Spring 2023   LAW 981-001  

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Jasmine E. Harris

Professor of Law

Additional Information
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. If you are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can send you an email with instructions for accessing the recording for the class session(s) you missed.

- I will make PowerPoint slides or other class materials routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

Meeting Times/Location
T 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Golkin Hall 238



This seminar examines the role of disability in U.S. education system from early childhood to higher education. The course will provide an introduction to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal and state laws and regulations governing the education of people with disabilities in the United States. Emphasis will be placed upon understanding the scope and breadth of education services under IDEA; eligibility; administrative remedies; legal definitions of disability and their relationship to medical diagnoses; mental health and school discipline; and reasonable accommodations/modifications and universal designs in college, graduate and professional education programs. Guest speakers will offer invaluable insights into the practice of disability education law and the current legal and policy landscape.

There are no prerequisites for this course. Students will be asked to prepare and submit a final research paper for this course (may be submitted for upper level writing requirement) and present working drafts/outlines to the professor for review during the semester. Students will have an opportunity to engage with disability and education laws and select a topic of interest for their semester research and writing. The course builds in opportunities for group presentation of ideas and early drafts of papers to allows students to think about and attend to the academic writing process while learning the underlying substantive laws in this course.