Section 504 Compliance Conference

Welcome to the Dave & Jose’s Council of Educators for Students with Disabilities website. We’re proud to host the recorded sessions for this year’s 2020 Section 504 Compliance Conference. All of the recorded sessions are found below. All of the live conference sessions are accessed from links in your Livebinder.


Feel free to watch the recorded sessions at your own pace and as often as you’d like over the next few days. The recorded sessions will be available until October 25, 2020 at midnight.


In between sessions, feel free to browse the CESD website. Check out agendas for our 29th Annual Fall Southwest Section 504 Conference in November and our October Dyslexia Conference. All of our events this fall are provided virtually via the web.


Would you rather have Dave & Jose create a presentation just for your school, district, state or conference? We can do that.


Thanks for joining us and be sure to catch the live Q&A Sessions on Wednesday September 23 and Friday September 25.  We look forward to answering your questions.

Attorney Dave Richards will explore the history and purpose of Section 504, the function of civil rights laws, and 504’s relationship with regular education, special education and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  He will also review the key differences and similarities of Section 504 and IDEA, in order to gain a better perspective of Section 504 FAPE requirements. Relevant subtopics include comparison/contrast inquiries in the areas of purpose, eligibility, committee determinations, evaluations, reevaluations, FAPE requirements and some tricky areas of intersection between the two laws, including the concept of dual eligibility but single-committee decision-making.

The majority of FAPE-based complaints filed with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) involve parent allegations of failure to implement §504 Plans in a way that reduces subjectivity, affords more clarity for instructional staff, assists parents in clarifying their expectations and helps schools survive potential OCR failure-to-implement complaints. Specific drafting ideas and examples will touch on common accommodations such as note-taking assistance, extra time, reduced word, extra bathroom breaks, health plans, allergy plans, asthma accommodations and others. The session will also address ideas on making changes to §504 plans to ensure accommodations are both applicable and effective in at-home educational services and activities provided during COVID school closures.

How does SE 504 make the school’s Section 504 compliance easier? As the number of Section 504 students continues to increase with the expansion of eligibility ordered by Congress in 2008, schools have more eligible students, but typically have not added personnel to address the procedural the demands of those students to ensure that FAPE is provided.

Dave and Shannon will juxtapose the procedural requirements of the Section 504 FAPE process from child find to re-evaluation, with insights and examples to demonstrate how the work of evaluation, placement and process oversight is simplified by SE 504, allowing current staff to address the needs of more students. From timely reminders of process requirements before next steps are taken to reports that allow campus and district administrators to oversee compliance, SE 504 can help.

A recurring issue for public school staff is dealing with the privacy of student records and information during COVID-related school closures. This session will address the key requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and its regulations, including scope, protected records, directory information, student and parent rights, the general parental consent requirement for disclosure, the various exceptions to the consent requirement, with a focus on recent guidance from the Student Privacy Policy Office (SPPO) on addressing FERPA confidentiality concerns in online or distance learning services during COVID school closures.

BONUS Session!

The inappropriate actions of other students can interfere with the education of students with disabilities under 504 and IDEA. Sometimes the conduct is bullying. But when a student is targeted for inappropriate conduct or language because of disability, civil rights protections are triggered and the conduct could be disability harassment. In this session, school attorney Dave Richards looks at the school's duties with respect to bullying and harassment and the elements necessary to change the school environment and comply with federal law.