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Handicap Discrimination, Part 2

April 15, 2016

Business Law, Podcast

To be protected by the handicap discrimination law, employees must have an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.  They must also be qualified which means they must be able to perform the essential functions of their job or would be so capable if they were given a reasonable accommodation.

Handicap Discrimination

April 15, 2016

Business Law, Podcast

Federal and Massachusetts employment law both protect handicapped employees.  Just having a disability is not enough to be protected.  A person must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, have a record of such impairment, or be regarded as having such an impairment.

Free Appropriate Public Education

April 15, 2016

Community News, Education, Podcast

FAPE, stands for a Free Appropriate Public Education.  This terminology is the cornerstone of the Special Education Law.  Its purpose is to insure targeted instruction and individualized supports to permit most students with disabilities to participate successfully in the regular education main system.  While the word “Appropriate” seems obvious, it is not. 

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