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OCR's Year In Review

| Proposal No: 1950

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  • Mary Lou Mobley, National Disability Expert, U.S. Dept. of Education

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Length of Session (in hours): 2-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: General Conference

Summary of Session

The presentation will focus on recent decisions from OCR offices around the country enforcing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended.


The presentation will focus on some of the more common issues encountered in OCR complaint investigations and compliance reviews at post-secondary institutions. Discussion will include the legal issues and practical suggestions for institutions who want to avoid compliance concerns under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.


  1. Compliance is easily achieved.
  2. Stick to the basic principles in OCR's guidance.
  3. When in doubt, ask questions.

Speaker Bio(s)

Mary Lou Mobley

Mary Lou Mobley graduated from Duke University in 1990 with a law degree and a Master’s in Philosophy. After clerking for a Federal judge, she joined the Federal government in Washington, DC, as a Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, where she earned numerous awards including the John Marshall Award for Distinguished Service. In 2006, she moved to Denver and joined the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, where she currently serves as OCR’s National Disability Expert.