Full course description
This course is intended to provide you with a clear understanding of critical aspects of state and federal law related to meeting the needs of students with disabilities. It includes an overview of key aspects of the IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other state and federal requirements that impact on the rights of student with disabilities.
The course includes attorney commentaries, real world scenarios applying the law and supplemental resource materials. The course is organized into 3 parts.
Part 1 provides an overview of key aspects of special education law. It includes a discussion of recent development in case law, statute and regulations at the federal and state levels. It also includes a review of each school district’s obligations related to identifying students in need of special education, what it means to provide a free and appropriate education, or FAPE, and key factors related to ensuring education is provided in the least restrictive environment. It also includes a review of the process for developing an Individualized Educational Program, or IEP, the due process rights available to parents.
Part 2 provides an overview of key elements related to addressing student discipline for students with disabilities. This includes the process for determining whether or not a student’s behavior is a manifestation of a student’s disability, procedures for addressing students who may pose a danger to themselves or others, and special rules governing disciplinary consequences that may be imposed for students with disabilities.
Part 3 provides an overview of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which is a remedial statute intended to ensure that students with disabilities are not subjected to discrimination by any agency that receives federal funding, including public schools. Section 504 provides protections for students with physical or mental impairments that substantially limit major life activities. Schools are required to provide such students with reasonable accommodations in order to ensure equal access to all the benefits of a public education. This section discusses particular challenges that may arise for students who are protected under Section 504, including requirements related to addressing student allergies and medical conditions and key considerations related to ensuring the opportunity to participate in essential aspects of the public school experience, such as athletics, extra-curricular activities and field trips.
After you have reviewed all of the course material, you will be required to complete an online assessment to ensure your understanding of essential content covered in this course. Once you have successfully completed the assessment, you will be able to print out your own certificate of completion.