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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, access to and discrimination in employment, housing, public transportation, and healthcare.

Class description

We study special education laws and the ADA (employment, governmental services, public accommodations) in depth; we also take a less detailed look at Social Security benefits, guardianship, deinstitutionalization, criminal law, and other areas that impact people with disabilities. We also study some disability policy and the disability rights movement.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Variety of format -- some traditional lectures, some guest speakers, a role play, some group exercises, some video clips. Class participation is emphasized.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Each student is required to spend 2 hours in the community doing a disability-related project.

Students can elect to take the take-home final or to do an 8 page paper on a topic approved by the instructor.

20% attendance and participation (includes a short presentation) 15% short presentation 15% direct interaction activity 50% take-home final or 8 page paper Percentages and requirements are subject to change until the course starts.


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: 03/14/2011