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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
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Fall 2017 Section 504 Training
RtI & § 504 Director Meeting following Curriculum Forum
Sep. 13, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session#: 43453
This meeting will provide district staff the opportunity to share reflections and collaborate to improve their RtI frameworks and § 504 programs. Recent and new RtI and § 504 updates, information, products and processes will be shared. These meetings are a great opportunity to build relationships and share experiences.
Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: FREE

§ 504 Basics
Sept. 27, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session#: 44431
If you are new to Section 504, or need to refresh yourself on the federal requirements of § 504, join this session to learn what Section 504 is and how to service eligible students on your campus. This session will cover new laws and updates, as well as eligibility, substantial limitation, mitigating measures, qualifying conditions and committee responsibilities. In conclusion, participants will review some case studies to evaluate, just as a 504 committee would address.
Critical Success Factor: 2, 3, 5 & 6
Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $100

Exploration & Utilization of § 504 Forms
Oct. 12, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session#: 44434
This session will address §504 compliance in public schools from a common-sense perspective guided by the §504 regulations and OCR decisions, while dispelling common misconceptions about the law. Topics will include key fundamentals of the §504 process, including the purpose of §504 vis-a-vis special education, eligibility in the modern era of §504 after the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the specific ways in which Congress chose to expand §504 eligibility in 2008, evaluation requirements under the regulations, challenges in evaluating potential §504-eligible students and determining the presence of physical or mental impairments, §504 Services Plans, periodic reevaluations/reviews and ideas on ensuring implementation of §504 Plans. The review will focus on increased OCR enforcement activity and the benefits to public schools in maintaining effective §504 programs. Ample opportunities for Q & A will be provided throughout presentation.
Critical Success Factor: 2, 3, 5 & 6
Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $100
Go-No Go Date:
By Sept. 27, 2017 a minimum of 20 people must register for the session to occur.

RtI & § 504 Director Meeting following Curriculum Forum
Oct. 25, 2017 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session#: 43467
This meeting will provide district staff the opportunity to share reflections and collaborate to improve their RtI frameworks and § 504 programs. Recent and new RtI & § 504 updates, information, products and processes will be shared. These meetings are a great opportunity to build relationships and share experiences.
Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: FREE

Section 504 ADHD & The ADHD Guidance Document
Nov. 29, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session#: 44454
ADHD is the most frequently diagnosed childhood disorder in public schools. With a prevalence rate of approximately 7%-11% of school-age children, most classroom teachers have at least one student with ADHD. This session will look at identifying ADHD in light of the 2016 OCR ADHD Guidance Document and its impact on schools. Information will be provided on what ADHD is, how to recognize symptoms in the educational setting and useful strategies for working with students who have ADHD.
Critical Success Factors: 2, 3, 5 & 6
Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $100
Go-No Go Date:
By Oct. 27, 2017 a minimum of 20 people must register for the session to occur.

§ 504 Basics

Dec. 4, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session#: 44593
If you are new to Section 504, or need to refresh yourself on the federal requirements of § 504, join this session to learn what Section 504 is and how to service eligible students on your campus. This session will cover new laws and updates, as well as eligibility, substantial limitation, mitigating measures, qualifying conditions and committee responsibilities. In conclusion, participants will review some case studies to evaluate, just as a 504 committee would address.
Critical Success Factors: 2, 3, 5 & 6
Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $100

Spring 2018 Section 504 Training
§ 504: Bullying & Harassment of Students with Disabilities
Jan. 4, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session#: 44560
Both state and federal laws address bullying and harassment of individuals with disabilities. Disability harassment is a form of discrimination under Section 504 and the ADA. In this session we will cover the distinction between bullying and harassment, as well as a district’s responsibility to stop disability harassment and implement preventive measures to ensure that each student receives FAPE.
Critical Success Factors: 2, 3, 5 & 6
Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $100
Go-No Go Date:
By Dec. 1, 2017 a minimum of 20 people must register for the session to occur.

§ 504 Case Studies
Jan. 9, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session#: 44463
One thing is to learn the regulations and requirements of §504, but quite another is to apply those requirements in real-life situations. This session will break attendees into §504 committees and present them with detailed case studies with all the turns and twists of actual school situations. Specific questions will be posed on the key issues presented by the cases then the committees will discuss the scenarios’ facts to arrive at various answers to the key questions. Committee members will learn to apply the law to the facts both by engaging in the process themselves, as well as by hearing the different perspectives and follow-up questions of other committees. Case scenarios may involve discipline and behavior issues, health-related cases such as diabetes, accommodation issues and disabilityharassment situations, among others. The session will be highly interactive, with ample opportunity for discussion and Q & A.
Critical Success Factors: 2, 3, 5 & 6
Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $100

RtI & § 504 Director Meeting following Curriculum Forum
Feb. 7, 2018 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session#: 43477
This meeting will provide district staff the opportunity to share reflections and collaborate to improve their RtI frameworks and § 504 programs. Recent and new RtI & § 504 updates, information, products and processes will be shared. These meetings are a great opportunity to build relationships and share experiences.
Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: FREE

OCR’s Affect on § 504 & Staying in Compliance
Feb. 8, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session#: 46259

AM—10 OCR Decisions
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the office of the US Department of Education responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with §504 in the public schools. It does so through promulgating guidance documents, engaging in data studies, and importantly, through its complaint investigation process. This session will review important OCR letters of findings, primarily those issued after the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and interpret their practical implications to school district policies and practices. Topics addressed in the cases will include applying modern eligibility standards, §504 eligibility for students on health plans, the emergence of cases of severe allergies and chemical sensitivities, child-find lapses, implementation of §504 Plans and discipline issues, among others.

PM—RtI: Establishing an Appropriate Identification and Evaluation Process Under §504
A fundamental requirement of §504 is its child-find mandate, by which school districts must have multifaceted activities designed to identify students that may be disabled and in need of §504 services. Once identified through a child-find process, potentially eligible students must then be evaluated under the requirements of the §504 regulations. These evaluations are unlike IDEA evaluations, which are assessment-oriented, instead focusing on collection of relevant data from various sources, and careful consideration of the data. This session will address both the coordinated set of activities that represent an effective §504 child-find process, particularly in coordination with districts’ response-to-intervention (RtI) practices, and issues and challenges in evaluating students under §504, including collecting relevant data and the role of outside data such as physicians’ diagnoses and recommendations.
Critical Success Factors: 2, 3, 5 & 6

Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $100
Go-No Go Date:
By Jan. 18, 2018 a minimum of 20 people must register for the session to occur.

§ 504: MDR
March 7, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session#: 44471
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 Factors: 2, 3, 5 & 6
Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $100
Go-No Go Date:
By Feb. 7, 2018 a minimum of 20 people must register for the session to occur.

RtI & § 504 Director Meeting following Curriculum Forum
April 11, 2018 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session#: 43486
This meeting will provide district staff the opportunity to share reflections and collaborate to improve their RtI frameworks and § 504 programs. Recent and new RtI & § 504 updates, information, products and processes will be shared. These meetings are a great opportunity to build relationships and share experiences.
Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: FREE

Section 504 & Health, Medical & General Ed. Home Bound
April 12, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session#: 44475
Public schools are required by law to accommodate the health needs of students. Schools must determine whether to use a health care plan or if the student needs to be referred and served through Section 504 due to their unique medical/health-related challenges. To make it even more confusing, Texas also has a provision allowing for General Education Homebound for eligible students with medical conditions. This session will address serving students with medical and health related conditions, when to refer to Section 504 and addressing those requests for GEH.
Critical Success Factors: 2, 3, 5 & 6
Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $100
Go-No Go Date:
By March 9, 2018 a minimum of 20 people must register for the session to occur.

§ 504 COMBO: AM: Service Animals
PM: Executive Function Issues
May 2, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session#: 44479

Service Animals – (AM: 3 Hours)
Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities. This session will address what the public school can and cannot ask, what can be expected of the service animal and its provider, as well as how to prepare both staff and students for having a service animal on campus.

Executive Functions and Section 504 – (PM: 3 Hours)
Executive Functions have recently been mentioned as possibly being covered under Section 504 in both the recently released ADHD Guidance Document and the Dept. of Justice Title II Regulations of the ADAAA. This session will review what Executive Functions are, common disorders where Executive Functions are seen, and classroom observations and strategies to help the teacher.
Critical Success Factors: 2, 3, 5 & 6

Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $100
Go-No Go Date:
By April 2, 2018 a minimum of 20 people must register for the session to occur.

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