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.
Family Engagement is more than just a series of events, but about inviting parents about inviting families to attend events on your campus, but when you do plan events on your campus, how are they linked to student learning? This session will focus on strategies and ideas to not only link student learning to family events, but everything you do within your school so families can clearly understand, be involved with, and communicate what their child is learning and how they are a part of it.
Research has shown that establishing strong communication and relationships with parents can have positive and tangible effects on a student's success in school. This informational session will provide parents with tips and tools to be knowledgeable and aware of their rights regarding Section 504 & RtI to foster positive relationships with your child’s teacher.
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 law and updates, as well as eligibility, substantial limitation, mitigating measures, qualifying conditions, and committee responsibilities. Forms will be shared to assist in the documentation process. In conclusion, participants will review some case studies to evaluate, just as a 504 committee would address.
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