USD School of Law Professor and Associate Dean Margaret Dalton Interviewed by 10 News on Disabled Girl Denied Class Trip to Disneyland

San Diego (May 1, 2017) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Professor and Associate Dean Margaret Dalton was interviewed by 10 News for a story that reported on a disabled girl who was denied going on a field trip with her class to Disneyland.

According to the article, Madison Wolanyk, who was born with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and autism and needs a wheelchair to get around, was denied going to Disneyland with her special education class at Hilltop Middle School in February because the bus hired for the trip did not come equipped with a wheelchair lift.

Team 10 interviewed Dalton, who specializes in special education and disability law, and she said there is no excuse for any school not providing adequate transportation to students who need special accommodations.

“There’s really no excuse for it,” said Dalton. “Transportation is clearly what we call a related service under the law. And that means that any supplementary service that a student might need in order to benefit from education needs to be provided.”

Read the full story here.

Watch the video of Dalton here.

About Margaret Dalton

Margaret Dalton assumed the position of Associate Dean in 2016. Dalton was formerly the faculty director for Clinical and Placement Education for 12 years. She was the supervising attorney for the Education & Disability Clinic, which she created in 2003 with a discretionary award from The California Endowment. She served on the Special Education Advisory Committee for the California Office of Administrative Hearings from 2011 to 2013 and is a frequent lecturer in special education law. She has held positions in the Children’s Advocacy Institute and the Patient Advocacy Program. She has been a consultant for the California Judicial Council’s Committee on Access and Fairness, the National Association of Child Advocates, and the California Office of Women’s Health.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 24th nationally and 6th on the West Coast in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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