Section 504: The 2023 General Sessions

Section 504: The 2023 General Session Video Series ($175)

This series is comprised of 4 videos, each approximately 75 minutes in length. Click the play button in the middle of any of the series videos to start your purchase.  Enter your credit card information and complete your purchase.  You will receive an email with login instructions, and will be able to view any and all of the videos in the General Session series as many times as you'd like for 21 days.

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Still Waiting on the New Proposed Section 504 Regulations

Session Description: The Section 504 regulations have not changed since they were released in the 1970’s, but new regulations are coming! They were promised in June, then in August, but still are not released. After 46 years of waiting, a little more patience appears to be required. Let’s use the time to clarify where we are with compliance and the changes that are likely to occur when the proposed regulations finally appear. In this lively session, we’ll look at the forces likely to shape the new regulations, including some lessons from the 1970’s, the proposals suggested by parent and disability advocacy groups, the changes school attorneys and their clients would hope for, and the difficult task of addressing the informal rules created by 46 years of OCR guidance documents (including the parent right to refuse consent for services, the need for parental consent for initial evaluation).

Section 504 Update: What’s Happening While Feds Work on 504 Regulations

Session Description: USDOE’s self-imposed timeline of August 2023 for issuing proposed regulations came and went, but §504 issues march on. This session reviews the latest court cases and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) decisions on a variety of topics, including on-going child-find issues, how §504 plans can save the district in case of an IDEA child-find challenge, the danger of money damages claims for serious child-find violations, stubborn child-find misconceptions, Section 504 vs. IDEA eligibility cases, parent allegations of additional unidentified disabilities, a few interesting cases on extracurricular activities and field trips, a couple of service dog cases (part of an increasing trend of dog disputes), two recent discipline cases that raise questions, a highly risky diabetes situation, tech accessibility in virtual programs, and other miscellaneous topics of interest.

Manifestation Determination Reviews Under §504: Data, Documentation, Process, Cases, Scenarios

Session Description: One part of the Section 504 job is addressing situations where a campus recommends either serious or recurring disciplinary removals of students with disabilities. This session focuses on the MDR requirement, a fundamental right and safeguard afforded to both §504 and IDEA students, from its origin to its application in real life situations. Subtopics will include proper data collection and review, applying the modern MDR standard borrowed from IDEA, the impact of inappropriate 504 Plans, ensuring proper committee membership for MDRs, proper documentation of MDRs with a concise statement of the committee’s reasoning, a proposed step-based process for disciplinary actions and MDRs on §504 students, the drug-alcohol limited exception, practical guidance takeaways, caselaw examples illustrating the do’s and don’ts of MDRs, addressing the commonly-raised impulsivity claim, and some scenarios for desk discussion.

Happy Birthday! 50 Years of Section 504

Session Description: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 turns fifty this year! In this lively session, we’ll look at how this civil rights law protects students with disabilities and its relationship to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and IDEA. While the wait for updated regulations continues, we’ll review significant milestones during the fifty years of 504 and look at what the future may hold for students with disabilities.