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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.
Fall 2018 Section 504 Training
§ 504 ADHD & The ADHD Guidance Document
Oct. 2, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session#: 49977
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 Section 504 identification of ADHD in light of the 2016 OCR ADHD Guidance Document and its impact on schools. Information will be provided on what is ADHD, 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

Family Engagement
Oct. 9, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session #: 50808
Communicating with parents is one of the most challenging and potentially stressful tasks that teachers and administrators face on a daily basis. Research has shown that establishing strong communication and relationships with parents can have positive and tangible effects on a student's success in school. Whether trying to resolve an argument caused by miscommunication or sharing difficult information, this session will provide tips and tools to help you know how to handle tough situations and foster positive relationships with your students' parents.
Maximum Enrollment: 50 Fee: $50

§ 504: Bullying & Harassment of Students with Disabilities
Oct. 23, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session#: 49982

Both state and federal laws address bullying and harassment of individuals with disabilities. In addition, 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

§ 504: MDR
Nov. 15, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session#: 49988
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.
Critical Success Factors: 2, 3, 5 & 6
Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $100

§ 504 Basics
Nov. 27, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session#: 49966
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.
Critical Success Factors: 2, 3, 5 & 6
Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $100

Spring 2019 Section 504 Training
§ 504: Classroom Management to Prevent Bullying
& Harassment of Students with Disabilities
Jan. 9, 2019 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session#: 49984

Both state and federal laws address bullying and harassment of individuals with disabilities. In addition, 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

Family Engagement
Jan. 17, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session #: 50811
Communicating with parents is one of the most challenging and potentially stressful tasks that teachers and administrators face on a daily basis. Research has shown that establishing strong communication and relationships with parents can have positive and tangible effects on a student's success in school. Whether trying to resolve an argument caused by miscommunication or sharing difficult information, this session will provide tips and tools to help you know how to handle tough situations and foster positive relationships with your students' parents.
Maximum Enrollment: 50 Fee: $50

§ 504 Basics
Jan. 22, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session#: 49968
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.
Critical Success Factors: 2, 3, 5 & 6
Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $100

§ 504: MDR
Jan. 29, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session#: 49990

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.
Critical Success Factors: 2, 3, 5 & 6

Maximum Enrollment: 40

Fee: $100


§ 504 ADHD & The ADHD Guidance Document
Feb. 19, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session#: 49979
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 Section 504 identification of ADHD in light of the 2016 OCR ADHD Guidance Document and its impact on schools. Information will be provided on what is ADHD, 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

Section 504 & Health, Medical & General Ed. Home Bound
Feb. 26, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session#: 49992
Public school 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

Family Engagement
Feb. 26, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session #: 50817

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.

Maximum Enrollment: 50 Fee: $25

Parent Information over Section 504 & RtI
Feb. 28, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session #: 53104

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.

Maximum Enrollment: 40 Free:

§ 504 Basics
March 6, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session#: 49974

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.
Critical Success Factors: 2, 3, 5 & 6

Maximum Enrollment: 40 Fee: $100

Family Engagement
April 4, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session #: 50804
Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT) is a research and evidence-based family engagement framework and best practice that aligns grade level learning skills, student performance data, and family-teacher communication and collaboration in order to inform and enrich the way families support learning at home. This session will teach the components to develop successful academic parent teacher teams that can build the capacity of families to effectively engage in supporting their child’s grade level learning goals.
Maximum Enrollment: 50 Fee: $25

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