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The Legal Year in Review, Round II

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For unavoidable reasons, the annual presentation of the Legal Year in Review can seem like “drinking from a fire hose.” The objective of this webinar is to select fewer cases for presentation in greater depth, cover some important legal developments that have occurred since July, and provide some real time for questions and answers. For the Q & A session, our presenter, AHEAD Executive Counsel, Paul Grossman will be joined by Jamie Axelrod, past President of AHEAD and Director of Disability Resources at Northern Arizona University.

Topics to be covered include:

  • New Federal guidance on whether persons with COVID are individuals with disabilities
  • Constitutional challenges to mandatory vaccination and masking requirements
  • Digital test surveillance
  • Accommodation of students with ID or ASD in due process disciplinary hearings
  • The first case with an effective challenge to the use of a bona fide service animal by an individual with a well-documented disability
  • What receives attention when DOJ does a campus compliance review
  • The unique importance of protections against retaliation for persons with disabilities
  • The scope of the duty to accommodate students with disabilities in education abroad programs
  • When and whether postsecondary students with disabilities will be able to use disparate impact analysis to address discriminatory policies and practices
Please Note: Paul is sharing two versions of his slide deck—the shorter version he is using during his presentation, and a longer version with more detail that can be used as a reference (only available to paid registrants of this webinar by selecting the Resources tab next to the Overview tab). These are provided just to attendees of this webinar. He requested that users keep his slides within their own office and do not share them with others. Thank you for respecting this request.

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  • Paul Grossman

    Paul Grossman, J.D. served as a civil rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), serving as its Chief Regional Attorney in San Francisco for 30 years. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Disability Law at Hasting College of Law, University of California, and a member of the AHEAD Board of Directors, the Public Policy Committee of the Association for Children and Adults with AD/HD (CHADD), and the Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) Expert Advisory Board. Dr. Grossman has worked on every type of education discrimination and investigated, written decisions, and settled hundreds of disability discrimination cases, often developing new approaches to protecting students with disabilities. He is the coauthor of The Law of Disability Discrimination (8th Edition) and its companion publication, Law of Disability Discrimination Handbook: Statues and Regulatory Guidance.

  • Jamie Axelrod

    Jamie Axelrod, M.S. is the Director of Disability Resources at Northern Arizona University and Past-President of AHEAD. Jamie presents regularly on topics related to disability access and higher education, having expertise in disability law and policy, communication and information technology (ICT) access, and the reasonable accommodation process. Jamie is a regular and well-respected contributor to professional listservs, including AHEAD’s discussion boards, and is a go-to consultant for complex issues. He has worked for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s athletic department, as a mental health therapist, and for Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc., a disability rights advocacy law firm where he served as an advocate for individuals with disabilities who were claiming that their civil rights had been violated. Jamie has served as co-chair of Northern Arizona University’s Commission on Disability Access and Design and on AHEAD’s Board of Directors.

September 29, 2021
Wed 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 2H 0M

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