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Admitting and Accommodating Students with Disabilities

Date: November 29, 2023 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Cost: This event is being offered as a free education session.


In this engaging webinar, our Education Law Practice Group will cover how independent schools should handle both the admissions process and day-to-day enrollment of students with disabilities. The session will dissect the legal framework for disabilities at independent schools, including what constitutes a disability or a reasonable accommodation. We will also explore various case studies that highlight recommended actions in responding to accommodation requests and how best to support disabled students on campus. Attendees will be provided with practical tips on the types of admissions questions that may be asked, and what policies related to disabilities schools should consider implementing.


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Brian B. Garrett
Of Counsel Chair of McLane Middleton’s Education Law Group

Brian focuses his practice on understanding and serving the needs of independent day and boarding schools, colleges and universities, and early child care programs. Brian partners with many of the country’s leading independent schools to provide comprehensive advice on all aspects of school operations, including establishing new schools, student and parent issues, employment matters, school governance and leadership, and general risk management. He works closely with board chairs, heads of schools, financial officers, and other senior leadership members in tackling complex matters affecting school communities.

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Linda S. Johnson
Director and Vice Chair of McLane Middleton's Education Law Group

Linda is the Vice Chair of the Education Law Group of McLane Middleton, P.A. For the past 30 years, Linda has been advising independent schools throughout the United States and internationally on all aspects of risk prevention and crisis response with a focus on promoting healthy relationships through the management and oversight of a healthy school culture. She assists schools in drafting policies and procedures to deal with all aspects of school operations but is especially known for her work regarding educational awareness on setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries with students. Linda often serves as a consultant to schools experiencing critical incidents relating to misconduct which has harmed students or employees, including coordination and oversight of third-party investigations. She advises administrators and boards on how to respond to complaints of misconduct responsibly, considering transparency, accountability, compassion and equity. Overall, Linda helps to guide schools to “do the right thing, the right way.”