June 14, 2018

Jobs and education hot topics to be featured at ABA disability rights conference

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2018 —  Experts from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and leading disability rights attorneys, advocates, and educators will convene at the American Bar Association’s 5th National Conference: Disability Issues in Employment and Education Law, on Friday, June 22 in Philadelphia to explore questions involving persons with disabilities and their rights arising in employment and education law contexts.

Approximately one in five Americans has a disability, making persons with disabilities the largest minority group in the United States. Despite achievements through advocacy and legislation, people with disabilities continue to face challenges and encounter barriers to obtaining an education and getting a job. The unemployment rates of people with disabilities is almost double that of those without disabilities, and students with disabilities graduate high school and college at significantly lower rates than students without disabilities.

5th National Conference: Disability Issues in Employment and Education Law
Presented by the ABA Commission on Disability Rights

June 22, 2018

Pennsylvania Bar Institute
100 Penn Square East
Wanamaker Building
Suite 1010
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The opening session, “Federal Government Enforcement of Disability Rights,” will be a highlight of the conference. Speakers include Rebecca B. Bond, chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice; Johnny Collett, assistant secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education; Debra M. Lawrence, regional attorney, Philadelphia District Office, EEOC; and Frank Lopez, deputy assistant general counsel, Division of Educational Equity, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education. The session will be moderated by Marc Maurer, director of legal policy at the National Federation of the Blind. These experts will discuss initiatives, policy and enforcement efforts by federal agencies in employment and education as they relate to persons with disabilities.

Program topics will include:

  • Workplace safety and direct threat
  • The rise of retaliation claims by workers with disabilities
  • Employee leave and the interplay between the ADA and FMLA
  • Recent disability employment law decisions
  • Working with experts to develop IEP content
  • Strategies for presenting expert testimony in due process proceedings
  • Representing students facing school discipline and juvenile justice involvement
  • Case law developments since U.S. Supreme Court’s Endrew F. and Fry decisions
  • Ethical issues that arise when representing clients with developmental, intellectual, and psychiatric disabilities

A complete agenda can be found online.

There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

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