Law 316 - Disability Law

Elizabeth Rachel Ribet

Elizabeth Rachel Ribet

Visiting Professor
J.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2009
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, 2005
M.A. University of California, Irvine, 1997
B.A. University of Florida, 1994

Course Description:

Disability Law provides an introduction to areas of U.S. domestic law and policy that address the civil rights, needs, and treatment of persons with disabilities. The course covers the Americans with Disabilities Act, some discussion of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Fair Housing Act, and a brief overview of international disability law, specifically the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The course also incorporates critical theory from law and related disciplines addressing the politics, experience, and social conception of disability and the intersection with race and class. Some sub-topics include historical and constitutional foundations, basic premises and content of disability civil rights doctrine, employment, mental illness and efforts to address "disablement" --i.e. the physically and psychologically disabling effects of social inequity.