Section 504
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law designed to protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination for reasons related to their disabilities. The Section 504 regulations require a school district, receiving Federal financial assistance, to provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to eligible students. The FAPE must meet the students individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of non-disabled students.
To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to: (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or (2) have a record of such an impairment, or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment. The Center provides technical assistance to support districts in addressing 504 issues.
Section 504 Trainings
Visit Connect20 to register for the 2016-2017 Section 504 Workshops.
Spring 2017 Section 504 Training
Section 504 Basics
Jan. 11, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Workshop # 40266
If you are new to Section 504, join this session to learn what Section 504 is and its purpose of existence. This session will cover eligibility, substantial limitation, mitigating measures, qualifying conditions, and committee responsibilities. In conclusion, participants will review some case studies to explore options which a 504 committee would address.
Critical Success Factor(s): 1 & 7
Registration ends: 1/6/2017 Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $50


RtI & Section 504 Director Meeting
Feb. 1, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Workshop # 40253
This meeting will provide district staff the opportunity to collaborate with other districts with reflections of their RtI & Section 504 procedures. New RtI & Section 504 updates, information, products and processes will be shared. These meetings are a great opportunity to build relationships with individuals and share each other’s experiences and successes.
Critical Success Factor(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
Registration ends: 1/27/2017 Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $0


Section 504: MDR
Feb. 21, 2017 CANCELLED Workshop # 40331
Those involved in the manifestation determination review and discipline of a student served under Section 504 need to be knowledgeable about the student and the meaning of the data being reviewed. In addition, members must understand the applicable disability rules in discipline. This session will address disciplining a student under Section 504 and how to conduct a manifestation determination review. Attendees will be provided with various forms and a sample discipline handbook.
Critical Success Factor(s): 3
Registration ends: 2/17/2017 Maximum Enrollment: 80 Fee: $100


The Intersection of RtI, § 504, Dyslexia & Special Education
Mar. 9, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Workshop # 40332
The emergence of Response-to-Intervention practices has innovated the way schools address the problems of students that are struggling with the regular curriculum. This highly positive development in education, however, has also generated questions and challenges with respect to RtI interplay with disabilities laws. This session will address the intersection of RtI, §504, Dyslexia programs, and IDEA. The session’s subtopics will include whether RtI interventions must be attempted prior to referral to §504 or special education, compliance with child-find requirements of §504 and IDEA while implementing RtI, misconceptions about RtI, relationship of §504 and Dyslexia and Related Disorders, guidance from the US Department of Education on these issues, and case decisions that illustrate the challenge of implementing effective RtI programs while complying with the child-find requirements of §504 and IDEA.
Critical Success Factor(s): 3 &6
Registration ends: 3/6/2017 Maximum Enrollment: 80 Fee: $100


RtI & Section 504 Informational Session for Parents
Mar, 29, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
Parenting is one of those jobs that doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but we are here to help educate you! In order for parents to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to work together as partners with our educators, parents must have the information to empower them. This session will provide parents and community members with information about that promotes student success through the RtI and Section 504 process. Please join us to learn how both of these services can help qualifying students receive support to help them reach success in their areas of need.
Critical Success Factor(s): 5 & 6

Registration will NOT be done in Connect20. If you wish to register contact Lori Williams at 210-370-5466 or at lori.williams@esc20.net
  Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $0


Section 504 & ADHD
Apr. 18, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Workshop # 43363
Hyperactivity, inattention, impulsivity, distraction… and you want me to do WHAT??? There is no single “right” choice for every child. Whether a child with ADHD is served under Section 504 or the IDEA will depend on what the child needs and the degree of impairment demonstrated in the educational environment. Session will help educators identify common ADHD-related learning problems as well as proven interventions, including the latest research to help students with ADHD attain greater school success. Attendees will receive a CD with various ADHD resources and interventions to share with teachers.
Critical Success Factor(s): 1
Registration ends: 4/17/2017 Maximum Enrollment: 80 Fee: $100


RtI & Section 504 Director Meeting
Apr. 26, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Workshop # 40260
This meeting will provide district staff the opportunity to collaborate with other districts with reflections of their RtI & Section 504 procedures. New RtI & Section 504 updates, information, products and processes will be shared. These meetings are a great opportunity to build relationships with individuals and share each other’s experiences and successes.
Critical Success Factor(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
Registration ends: 4/21/2017 Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $0


The Do’s & Don’ts of the 504 Evaluation
May 17, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Workshop # 40348
Don’t assume that all district staff members who might be involved in a Section 504 evaluation know the basic legal guidelines outlined in federal regulations. When a student is suspected of having a disability and is need of accommodations under Section 504, an evaluation must be conducted by the campus 504 committee to determine eligibility. Taking time at the beginning of the school year to highlight guidelines for staff is critical. This session will address the do’s and don’ts in conducting evaluations under Section 504 including examples of best-practice advice.
Critical Success Factor(s): 3, 5 & 7
Registration ends: 5/12/2017 Maximum Enrollment: 80 Fee: $100


Section 504 Basics
June. 27, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Workshop # 40267
If you are new to Section 504, join this session to learn what Section 504 is and its purpose of existence. This session will cover eligibility, substantial limitation, mitigating measures, qualifying conditions, and committee responsibilities. In conclusion, participants will review some case studies to explore options which a 504 committee would address.
Critical Success Factor(s): 1 & 7
Registration ends: 6/23/2017 Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $50


Section 504 Basics
Jul. 11, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Workshop # 40109
If you are new to Section 504, join this session to learn what Section 504 is and its purpose of existence. This session will cover eligibility, substantial limitation, mitigating measures, qualifying conditions, and committee responsibilities. In conclusion, participants will review some case studies to explore options which a 504 committee would address.
Critical Success Factor(s): 1 & 7
Registration ends: 7/6/2017 Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $50