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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Illinois Disability Rights Consortium Webinar June 24th “The ADA in the Classroom: Of Reasonable Accommodations and Gross Misjudgments.”

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday June 24th from 9:30-11:00 (CT) at Equip for Equality (20 N. Michigan, Suite 300 in Chicago).  Our speaker will be Professor Mark Weber from the DePaul University College of Law.  Professor Weber’s presentation is entitled “The ADA in the Classroom: Of Reasonable Accommodations and Gross Misjudgments.”  This program will discuss recent research casting doubt on the widespread belief by judges that in ADA Title II and sec. 504 cases about failure to provide reasonable modifications for students with disabilities, plaintiffs have to show the school engaged in intentional wrongdoing, that is, acting with deliberate indifference, bad faith, or gross misjudgment. The presentation will take up authorities from the Supreme Court and other sources that support awarding a full range of remedies – including compensatory damages, where appropriate – when schools and other entities violate Section 504 and the Title II of the ADA, even when they act without any discriminatory animus. 

This meeting will provide 1.5 hours of CLE credit for Illinois attorneys.  If you can’t attend in person, you can participate via webcast at www.illinoislegaladvocate.org – just click on “Calendar” and then click on the link for the Disability Rights Consortium.  If you need an accommodation to attend the meeting, please contact me one week prior to the meeting.

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