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Public Law - Protection of Rights

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Disability Law (HLTH7514)

3 credits

The 43 million Americans with disabilities are engaged in public activities on a daily basis. Many work, take public transportation, use public accommodations and government services. This course will examine the legal standards that guide the treatment of people with disabilities in many areas, including public accommodations, governmental services, and employment. We will examine the constitutional and statutory law in this area, and consider the public policy balance driving legal development in this area. A primary focus will be on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, although we will consider other sources of law. We will examine such central concepts as the definition of disability, the remedies available for violations of disability rights law, defenses to claims of disability discrimination, and the jurisdiction of courts to consider private claims against government defendants.

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