Reflections on an “Appropriate” Public Education: Forty years after Board of Education v. Rowley

Friday, October 28
Event Time 09:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m. PT
Cost Free
Location UC Berkeley School of Law, 2763-2719 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
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Berkeley Law, UC Berkeley Othering & Belonging Institute, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, & Disability Rights California present:

Reflections on an “Appropriate” Public Education: Forty years after Board of Education v. Rowley

Friday, October 28, 9:00AM - 5:00PM, UC Berkeley School of Law

The 1982 landmark decision of the Supreme Court in Board of Education v. Rowley set a standard for the support public schools must provide to students with disabilities, but the legacy is complex.  On October 28, join academics, K-12 educators, lawyers, advocates, and activists for a day-long symposium where they will assess the impact of the decision and explore its current meaning in light of more recent rulings that attempt to define the benefit the law promises.

Keynote: Dr. Amy June Rowley, Associate Professor, Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures at CSU-East Bay. Dr. Rowley was the 8-year-old D/deaf plaintiff whose school refused to provide her a sign language interpreter in the Supreme Court case bearing her name. 

Speakers include Subini Ancy Annamma, Melinda Bird, Robert Borrelle, Candis Bowles, Sean Darling-Hammond, Brent Elder, Tara Ford, Jonathan Glater, Vivian Huan, Bill Koski, Elizabeth B. Kozleski, Arlene Mayerson, Kathleen Mortier, Jason Okonofua, Julie Rems-Smario, Stephen Rosenbaum, Kevin Schaefer, Janelle Scott, and Julie Waterstone.

Closing Remarks: Judy Heumann, International Disability Advocate.

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* If you require an accommodation for effective communication or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Jennifer Emiko Boyden at 510-644-4959 or by October 18.

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