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A Kindergarten Student and Her Dog Named Wonder: What Rights Do Students Have To Service Animals In The Classroom?

What are the parameters for requiring schools to accommodate students’ service animals in the classroom? The United States Supreme Court recently turned prior thinking on this issue on its head, finding that even though a...more

Wonder of Wonders – Supreme Court Opens Door for More Litigation in Cases Involving 504 and the ADA

On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools et al. A school district had prohibited a student from bringing her service dog, Wonder, to school with her. So the family filed...more

Supreme Court Update: Life Technologies Corp. V. Promega Corp. (14-1538), Fry V. Napoleon Community Schools (15-497), Buck V....

Greetings, Court Fans! Last time we hit your inboxes, Barack Obama was President. To call the ensuing month eventful is something of an understatement. We've seen a primetime Supreme Court nomination, a flood of...more

Supreme Court Rules Title II and Section 504 Claims Can Proceed to Court Without Exhausting IDEA’s Administrative Processes In...

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Fry v. Napoleon Comm. Schools limits IDEA’s exhaustion requirement to those cases which seek relief for a denial of FAPE allowing for some claims brought under Title II...more

Supreme Court Rules that Title II and Section 504 Claims Can Proceed to Court Without Exhausting IDEA Administrative Process If...

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court has clarified IDEA’s exhaustion requirement to allow claims brought on behalf of IDEA eligible students to proceed directly in court unless the “gravamen” of the complaint seeks relief...more

IDEA Exhaustion Rule Applies only to Claims Specifically Involving FAPE

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision concerning the legal remedies that parents have when they feel their disabled child is being ill-served by a school district. This decision discusses...more

Wonder the Goldendoodle Service Dog Isn’t the Question, Exhaustion Is

A U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down Wednesday goes much further than whether a Michigan kindergartener can bring Wonder, her goldendoodle service dog, to school or not. The Court determined the family of the...more

Supreme Court Holds IDEA Exhaustion Required When Crux of Complaint Is a Denial of FAPE

The Supreme Court issued its opinion in Fry v. Napoleon yesterday. The case asked the court to interpret the IDEA provision stating that the Act does not limit the rights or remedies available under the Americans with...more

New Guidance Issued by the Department of Education on the Rights of Students with Disabilities

At the end of last month, the Department of Education released three new sets of guidance on the federal civil rights laws that govern students with disabilities. All three offer valuable information about current and...more

Supreme Court Will Review Two Special Education Cases this Term

The Supreme Court currently has two important special education cases on its docket for this term. The first is Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District (10th Cir.), which will revisit the free and appropriate public...more

Recent DOJ Settlement Agreement Offers Valuable Guidance Regarding Mandatory Medical Leaves of Absence

A recent settlement agreement entered into between the Educational Opportunities Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division, and the University of Tennessee provides some useful insight into what...more

United States Department of Education Issues Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with ADHD

On July 26, 2016, the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a “Dear Colleague” letter and resource guide (“Guidance”) to LEAs, preschools and post-secondary education institutions...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Special Education Case

On June 28, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an order accepting to hear an appeal out of Michigan in the case Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools, No. 15-497, order granting cert, (June 28, 2016), that presents the...more

Are You Training Your Teachers on Trauma-Informed Practices?

The Compton Unified School District in California is currently defending itself in a unique federal court lawsuit brought by students who allege that by failing to properly address the symptoms of complex, personal trauma...more

Alert: DOJ Puts Pressure on Schools and Ed Techs to Provide Accessible Educational Technology

In our last alert on the growing interaction between ed tech and disability law, we noted that the Department of Justice ("DOJ") appears to be moving to extend the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") to...more

Service animals in residence halls – an overview of federal requirements

Increasingly, students with disabilities bring service animals to college campuses. This means that educational institutions must sort through an array of competing federal and state laws governing the use of such animals in...more

Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Issues Controversial Guidance On Rights of Disabled Students to Participate in...

On Jan. 25, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (‘‘OCR’’) released a Dear Colleague Letter (‘‘DCL’’) providing guidance on the obligations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973...more

Provision Of FAPE Under The IDEA May Not Satisfy ADA For Students With Communication Impairments

In combined cases K.M. v. Tustin Unified School District and D.H. v. Poway Unified School District, the Ninth Circuit determined that although the school districts provided the students with hearing impairments with a free...more

Third Circuit Finds That Student Misidentified As Disabled Cannot Bring IDEA Suit Against District

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides that the parent of a child with a disability can bring a due process complaint against a school district to address disputes related to the identification,...more

Feds Warn Medical, Dental, and Nursing Schools about Unlawful Discrimination against Students and Applicants with Hepatitis B

Three federal agencies recently publicized a joint agency letter that was sent to schools of medicine, dentistry, and nursing and other health-related schools about what the agencies perceive as potential discrimination...more

Federal Court Determines That The Fair Housing Act Applies To University Housing

In United States of America v. University of Nebraska at Kearney, et al., the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska granted partial summary judgment against the University of Nebraska at Kearny in a case...more

DOJ ADA Settlement Involving Hepatitis B Sends Critical Message to Higher Ed and Medical Providers

The DOJ has concluded that two medical schools had no lawful basis for excluding applicants who had active cases of Hepatitis B because they could not show that these individuals posed a direct threat to the health and safety...more

IHSA Under Pressure To Provide Accommodations To Student Athletes With Disabilities

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act provides that “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States … shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be...more

University Agrees To Modify Dining Services To Accommodate Food Allergies under the ADA

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached an agreement with Lesley University of Cambridge, Massachusetts, under which Lesley agreed to modify its food services and meal plan system to accommodate students with celiac...more

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