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Meeting the Legal and Moral Obligation to Disabled Students in Post-Secondary Education (EDU450N)

Presented By : James P. Evans
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Pre Recorded Webinar
60 minutes
  •  Wed, April 1, 2015
Event Description
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Educational Institutions Should Understand their Obligations To Avoid Potential Civil Liability Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

As made abundantly clear by a recent guidance published by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, educational institutions that receive federal assistance are required to provide disabled students with access to extracurricular activities and events, including reasonable opportunity to participate in athletic programs and activities. An educational institution’s failure to comply with these obligations can form the basis of potential civil liability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. It could also be the predicate for enforcement action by the office of civil rights.

So, it is essential that the officers and administrators of all educational institutions understand their institution’s obligations to comply with these mandates and how to do so in a manner that not only ensures compliance, but also satisfies the institution’s obligations to protect students from foreseeable dangers and injuries.

This webinar by James P. Evans will address these issues and provide the administrators and personnel of elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educational institutions with pragmatic and useful guidance on balancing and satisfying these competing obligations.

In this program, you will learn:

  • The extent and nature of your institution’s obligation to provide reasonable opportunities for disabled students to participate in extracurricular and athletic programs, activities and events.
  • How to balance your institution’s obligation to provide reasonably safe environments and circumstances for students participating in such events or activities, with its obligation to provide reasonable opportunities for disabled students to participate in them.
  • The specifics and interpretation of recent guidance provided by the Office of Civil Rights and the courts concerning such matters.
  • How to handle inquiries from the OCR or other enforcement agencies in regard to such issues.

Benefits of the session

  • Get pragmatic and useful information on how to provide meaningful opportunities for disabled students to participate in extracurricular and athletic events and programs.
  • Learn how to effectively satisfy obligations to disabled students while ensuring their safety and the safety of other participating students.
  • Understand best practices for documenting efforts to provide opportunities for disabled students in extracurricular and athletic activities, and how to respond to inquiries concerning the institution’s efforts in this regard.

Who should attend

  • Administrators and school officers responsible for ensuring compliance with Section 504, the ADA and similar laws
  • Personnel from athletic departments of educational institutions
  • Advocates for disabled students
  • Attorneys who represent educational institutions and/or disabled students
  • Human Resource Professionals
About Our Speaker(s)

James P. Evans, School Education Regulations ExpertJames P. Evans
James P. Evans has significant experience advising and representing educational institutions, including public and private elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary institutions.  As a Partner with Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, he provides educational institutions with advice and representation on issu... More info

 
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