Perry Zirkel Professional Development on 504 Plans: The "New" 504: Do You Have "Legal Currency"?

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National Louis University, North Shore Campus, Skokie, IL

April 30th, 2018

Many educators struggle with the legal requirements for students with disabilities, in part, due to insufficient preservice preparation and in separating the “lore” from the “law” when learning on the job.  The majority of inservice legal professional development is on the requirements of the IDEA, which leaves Section 504 as a misunderstood and often misapplied “consolation prize.”  Short-term concerns with high-stakes tests and other academic hurdles used limited local resources under this “unfunded mandate” for band-aid forms and accommodations that in the longer term compound rather than resolve the interest in educational success.

This full-day program will provide the latest legal lessons for both general and special educators under Section 504 and the ADA for K–12 students.  The agenda provides two successive segments on basic and more advanced issues.

Morning Session:

The morning session will focus on the basic building blocks of an effective school program in relation to Section 504 and its sister statute, the ADA.  The issues that will be addressed include:

  • What are the key differences from the IDEA?
  • What is the required grievance procedure?
  • What are the latest eligibility standards?
  • What are the required elements of the procedural safeguards notice?
  • What are the practical recommendations for 504 plans?
  • What are the current trends for enforcement?

The morning session will also include illustrative forms, recommended procedures, and ample opportunity for Q-and-A.

Afternoon Session:

The afternoon session will focus on the latest legal developments for K–12 students under Section 504/ADA, including (1) service animals, (2) CART, (3) bullying, (4) concussions, and (5) the DOJ's September 2016 eligibility standards.  This session will also address other current complicated issues for students entitled to not only 504 plans (i.e., “504-only”) but also IDEA IEPs (i.e., “double-covered”).  Examples for each of these contexts, which span general and special education include:

In the “504-Only” Context

  • Does child find apply under Section 504?
  • Are some students only technically eligible under Section 504?
  • Are students entitled to special education as part of a 504 plan?
  • How do we say “No” to the parents of the student who is not eligible so as to be both legally and educationally effective?

In the “Double-Covered” Context

  • What are the current differences between OCR and the courts in applying Section 504/ADA?
  • What is the prevailing standard for district liability under Section 504/ADA?
  • Are individual school employees, such as teachers and Section 504 coordinators, subject to liability under Section 504/ADA?

Attendance is limited to 120 and priority will be given to full day attendees.

Full Day Price = $150 and includes Panera catered Continental Breakfast and Box Lunch.

Half Day Price = $95 and does NOT included Panera catered Continental Breakfast and Box Lunch.

Continuing Education Credit for Nationally Certified School Psychologists is available.