Legal Currency for Students with Disabilities under the IDEA and Section 504/ADA
Perry Zirkel is university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, where he formerly served as dean of the College of Education and the Iacocca Chair in Education. He currently serves as co-director of the Lehigh Special Education Law Symposium. Zirkel has presented in every state in the U.S. and has written more than 1,500 publications on various aspects of school law, with an emphasis on legal issues in special education. Past president of the Education Law Association, he received the Research into Practice Award from the American Educational Research Association; the Excellence in Research Award from AERA’s Division A (Administration, Organization & Leadership); the University Council for Educational Administration’s Edwin Bridges award for significant contributions to the preparation and development of school leaders; ELA's Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law; and the international Council for Exceptional Children’s Special Education Research Award.
This presentation is for students, faculty, school district personnel, parents, and other community members. Zirkel will highlight a dozen current legal issues and cases specific to students with disabilities in not only special, but also general education. The framework extends from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and corollary state laws to the overlapping and broader coverage of two federal civil rights laws—Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act—and the intersection with the NCLB successor—the Every Student Succeeds Act. Although fast-paced and information-loaded, this presentation will include the opportunity for Q/A interaction with attendees