This seminar will examine discrimination, entitlements, ethical issues, and comparative law related to individuals who have disabilities or are elderly. The seminar will begin by introducing the concepts of "aging" and "disability" and the application of various theories of justice to individuals who are considered to be "aged" or "disabled." We will then review statutes that prohibit discrimination against individuals who have disabilities or are elderly in four specific areas: employment, housing, access to public accommodations, and access to public benefits. Following the class regarding access to public benefits, the seminar will address the major entitlements for which individuals who have disabilities or are elderly are eligible, including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Next, the seminar will cover capacity, selective abortion, euthanasia, elder abuse, hate crimes, institutionalization, and other topics that are central to disability and elder law. The seminar will conclude by introducing relevant international law and comparing the laws and policies affecting individuals who have disabilities or are elderly in other countries with those in the United States.
Grades will be based on class participation and a paper.