Course Description

Special Education Law - LAW824
2 or 3 Credits

The course provides a comprehensive overview of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), the regulations under the IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, the No Child Left Behind Act, Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, relevant sections of the Social Security Act, and part 200 et seq of the Regulations of the New York State Commissioner of Education. Students will learn how to develop programs that meet the free appropriate public education (FAPE) requirements of the IDEA and get practical experience in developing IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) and Transition Plans. In addition, students will learn about the least restrictive environment and procedural due process requirements under the IDEA, including the right of parents to obtain an independent educational evaluation (IEE) of their children. The last part of the course will involve a review of the rules and limitations imposed by the IDEA on disciplinary procedures involving students with disabilities. (No prerequisite.)