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Christine L. Thompson
LAW H 530
Seattle Campus

Disability Law

Considers the definition of disability as defined by statute (ADA, FRA), case law, and social perception. Focuses on education law and entitlements, assess to and discrimination in employment, housing, public transportation, and health care.

Class Description

We study the IDEA and other special education laws and Titles I, II, and III of the ADA (employment, governmental services, public accommodations), as well as taking a less detailed look at Medicaid, Social Security benefits, guardianship law, criminal law, and other areas that impact people with disabilities. We study the leading cases in deinstitutionalization. We also study some disability policy and the disability rights movement.

Variety of format -- some traditional lectures, some guest speakers, a role play, a panel, some video clips. Each student does a short presentation on an issue, and each student is required to spend 2 hours with a person with a disability during the course of the quarter. Class participation is emphasized.

Recommended preparation

Class Assignments and Grading

Some short homework assignments, the presentation and the field work listed above, and a take-home final.

15% attendance and participation 30% homework 15% direct interaction activity 10% presentation 30% final


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Christine L. Thompson
Date: 03/17/2004