Section 504 Advanced Video Series

Section 504 Advanced Video Series ($175)

The series consists of 4 videos, each approximately 60 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 Advanced Video Series as many times as you'd like for 21 days.

Please Note: Depending on the speed of your internet connection, Videos may spool for 30-60 seconds after entering your password before the session begins.

Section 504 Issues Involving Students with Attendance Problems

Session Description: Every current educator knows that more and more students are exhibiting mental health issues that generate problems in their school attendance. From child-find to 504 Plan ideas, this session will address the educational implications of students with attendance problems, including child-find application, 504 plans as part of overall child-find, Section 504 eligibility in students with mental health issues that are capable of passing their classes, ideas in dealing with attendance problems, the implications of truancy filings with these students, ideas for 504 Plan accommodations, behavioral interventions, counseling services and issues, helping parents who are experiencing difficulties getting their kids to go to school, and Texas laws on outpatient treatment and attendance. Recent cases will serve to illustrate the legal concepts to be discussed.

Substantial Limitation: A Section 504 Eligibility Deep-Dive

Session Description:  Despite constituting the most confusing piece of 504's eligibility rubric, USDOE guidance on substantial limitation has been sparse. Nevertheless, the requirement is important and must be understood. In this lively session, we'll examine OCR's few statements, look to the ADA substantial limitation work by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Congress' 2008 changes in the ADAAA including a lower standard for substantial limitation and the mitigating measures rule. We'll tackle episodic impairments, temporary impairments, and other related issues.

Other §504 Danger Areas: Disability Harassment and Retaliation Claims

Session Description: Keeping in compliance with Section 504 is not all about providing FAPE in the classrooms by means of 504 Plans. Part of the job is ensuring that the district promptly investigates and responds to situations where students with disabilities are harassed on the basis of their conditions. Failure to reasonably respond can lead not only to performance and attendance difficulties in students, but also serious federal court actions for money damages. This session will review the legal requirements in this area, as well as review recent cases to illustrate how these disputes are addressed by the courts. Another increasingly litigated danger area involves claims that school officials have engaged in retaliation against parents or staff due to protected disability advocacy activities. The session will cover the burden-shifting legal analysis applied to these cases and provide recent caselaw examples that illustrate how these claims can arise and how schools can steer clear of them.

The Physical or Mental Impairment & the Major Life Activity: A Section 504 Eligibility Deep-Dive

Session Description:

While students may struggle at school for a variety of reasons, Section 504 focuses on the impact of disability on educational opportunity. Is the student Section 504 student with ADHD enjoying an equal opportunity to participate and benefit compared to his nondisabled peers? Is the Section 504 student with depression discriminated against because of her depression?  Eligibility begins with the finding of the physical or mental impairment. In this lively session, we’ll discuss the complexities of the educational determination of the 504 Committee including the role of doctors’ diagnoses and medical data, then need to screen out non-disability reasons for student struggles, the historical exceptions to physical or mental impairment, the impairments that will virtually always result in eligibility, impairments in remission, and other related issues.