In this course, students learn about the Fair Housing Act Amendments Act of 1988, which added “handicap” as one of the protected statuses; the accompanying Fair Housing Act Amendments regulations; important jurisprudence in this area of the law; and, to the degree applicable in this context, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination of individuals with disabilities by to state and local governments. Principally, however, the course covers the Fair Housing Act Amendments of 1988. Students will learn the concepts of “discrimination,” “reasonable accommodations.” “structural barriers,” and “least restrictive environment and independent living” in the context of housing for individuals with disabilities. Finally, students will also learn enforcement mechanisms used in the practice of law when representing individuals with disabilities.
This is an elective course.