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.
This meeting is intended to provide support, resources, and networking opportunities for individuals who are district or charter school Section 504 contacts.
Join us to learn about important Section 504 updates in Texas public schools, including compliance and procedural guidelines, helpful hints, resources, and training opportunities.
In this session Lindsay Richards & Martin Law Firm will address dyslexia identification and deciding on §504 or IDEA child-find. Topics will include TEA letters, the Dyslexia Handbook child-find sections, and current court cases.
This meeting is intended to provide support, resources, and networking opportunities for individuals who are district or charter school dyslexia or Section 504 contacts.
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.
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.
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