1. Students with Disabilities: The Red Hot Issues That Could Burn You

Students with Disabilities: The Red Hot Issues That Could Burn You

Event ID: 2210312
Duration: 80 Minutes
Presenter: Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera, Esq., managing director of K&C HR Enterprises and legal counsel at Rider University
Credits: Certificate of Attendance

Students with Disabilities: The Red Hot Issues That Could Burn You

Never before in higher education’s history has managing the needs of students with disabilities been more demanding or challenging. Disability services departments confirm that both in terms of percentages and sheer numbers, the size of their clientele expands every year with no end in sight.

Among the issues facing administrators, counselors, faculty and staff:

  • State after state has legalized medical marijuana and expanded the list of conditions for which can be prescribed but cannabis remains illegal at a federal level.
  • Despite Herculean efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services, opioids continue to plague our campuses.
  • Studies differ but somewhere between 11 and 20% of our undergraduates suffer from legally cognizable disabilities.
  • The demand by students - many of them genuinely suffering severe stress - for emotional comfort animals has yet to find its upper limit.
  • Suicide is the second-largest killer of collegians.
  • Each advance in instructional technology brings with it a new accessibility challenge.

And all against a backdrop of rapidly changing – and sometimes contradictory – state and federal laws. Fortunately, Dr. Ottavio Catagner is here to help you navigate it all with this timely, informative, and mission-critical webinar.

Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover

  • The latest statutory and regulatory developments. What is a legally protected disability… and what isn’t?
  • Is medical marijuana a reasonable accommodation?
  • Dealing with students using meds they shouldn’t… or refusing to use the meds they should.
  • What constitutes a legitimate emotional-comfort animal and how to regulate them on campus?
  • How to ensure your website, course-delivery platforms, and social media initiatives are compliant
  • And much more!

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