2020 Section 504 Conference

24th Annual Southwest Section 504 Conference, November 16-17, 2020.


We'll only be gathering virtually this year...

Despite our best efforts and those of our long-time friends at the Austin Doubletree, we are unable to provide live conferences this year that will accommodate our growing number of attendees while ensuring their safety and that of speakers and staff. All of our fall events will only be available virtually.

Among the benefits of a virtual conference is the ability for an attendee to see every session and do so at a convenient time during our conference window. Beginning on the date of each conference, registered attendees will be able to stream sessions in any order they wish, as many times as they wish, during the following three weeks. The only exceptions will be the two live Q&A's with speakers and a few other surprises built into the two scheduled conference days.

24th Annual Fall Southwest Section 504 Conference

November 16-17, 2020

  • Section 504 General Sessions (75 minutes each)


    Vaccination, Infection, Quarantine, Parent Choice, 504 Plan Amendments & Section 504—David Richards, Attorney at Law, Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P.

    COVID-Related Compensatory Services Under Section 504: USDOE Guidance, Caselaw Lessons, Difficult ScenariosJose Martín, Attorney at Law, Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P.

    Section 504 Marches On: Update on Recent Caselaw and OCR Letters—Jose Martín, Attorney at Law.

    Advanced Section 504 Issues: Impairment vs. Average Range Response to the Pandemic, The Equally Safe School Environment & Hidden Disabilities—David Richards, Attorney at Law.

  • Section 504 Live Q&A (30 minutes each day)

    Live Q&A with conference faculty on November 17 and November 24, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Central. 

  • Section 504 Breakout Sessions (60 minutes each)


    Legal Issues Involving Masks & Social Distancing in School ReopeningJose Martín, Attorney at Law

    No Doctor Required: Determining ADHD under NIMH Criteria— Lisa Heiner, Education Specialist, ESC V.

    Creating the Student’s Section 504 “Plan A”: At School—David Richards, Attorney at Law.

    Section 504 Compliance Requires Leadership—Debbie Gauntt, Director of Intervention Services, Coppell ISD.

    Creating the Student’s Section 504 “Plan B”: Distance Learning—David Richards, Attorney at Law. 

    Tech Tools for Dyslexia & ADHD: The Remote Version—Nancy Watson, Digital Learning Consultant, ESC X.

    Addressing Potential FERPA Confidentiality Issues in Virtual/Distance Learning Activities—Jose Martín, Attorney at Law.

    Mental Health Concerns for Students Returning to School—Daniel Terrazas, Director of Special Programs, Marion ISD.

    The Section 504 FAPE Process through the Lens of SE 504—Shannon Naber, Vice President of Product, SuccessEd & David Richards, Attorney at Law.