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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
Visit Connect20 to register for the 2016-2017 Section 504 Workshops.
Spring 2018 Section 504 Training
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. – 12:00 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: $50

§ 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.
Special guest: Cynthia Buechler with Buechler & Association Law Firm
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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