27th Annual Fall Southwest Section 504 Conference (Hybrid Style)

Join us In person: November 13 - 14, 2023 

&  Virtually: Nov. 20, 2023 - March 22, 2024

After 46 years, new Section 504 regulations are coming!

The U.S. Department of Education has announced that proposed regulations will be released in May 2023, followed by time for public comment and ultimately final regulations. We'll give you an update on the process including the likely areas where change is anticipated and the "wish lists" of new or changed regulations that parents, disability advocacy groups and schools want to see. the Fall Conference will provide food for thought on the possible ramifications of new regulations on your school's Section 504 process.

In-Person Attendees will gather at the Kalahari Resort in Round Rock, Texas (just north of Austin).

Section 504 Conference attendees at the Kalahari will enjoy networking opportunities with peers in Texas and throughout the country, a variety of choices for in-hotel dining, plenty of guest rooms available at the Conference Rate... and admission to the largest indoor waterpark in the United States for registered hotel guests.  

...And an option if you don't want to travel. Attend our Virtual Conference!

A week after the in-person conference, we'll begin the virtual conference. Registrants will be able to see all of the sessions recorded from the live event at Kalahari. Two additional Q&A's will be scheduled during the conference window dedicated to live questions from virtual conference attendees.

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 November 20, 2023, registered attendees will be able to stream sessions in any order they wish, as many times as they wish, until the virtual conference concludes on March 22, 2024.

Will I have to lug around that heavy conference notebook? Do Virtual Attendees get access to materials?

The bulky notebooks are gone. Attendees at both the in-person Conference and Virtual Conference will get all that conference content you love ( PowerPoint slides, links, and other resources) with a single PDF that you can download and follow during the conference on your electronic device. If you'd rather have it on paper, you can print any or all of the materials, make your notes on them, and still have a PDF to print a clean copy if you'd like. The notebook will be available for registered attendees to download from Dropbox or Google Drive during the week preceding the in-person conference.

Conference Fee & Optional Training

All Registration is online. CESD no longer utilizes paper registration forms.

  • Registration $450 (In Person or Virtual)
  • Section 504 Foundation Video Series: $200

In-Person Attendees have full access to the virtual Conference as well.

In-Person attendees at Kalahari can only choose two of the four breakouts provided each afternoon. We don't want you to miss any of the great content, so you can log into the Virtual Conference at any time during the window from November 20, 2023 until March 22, 2024 and see what you missed. And of course, you can watch as many sessions as you'd like, as often as you'd like (including the two virtual Q&A sessions).

What happened to the Pre-Conference for folks new to Section 504?

CESD's Section 504 Pre-Conference was a very well-attended add-on for folks new to Section 504 and those who wanted to brush up on the basics. After looking at the complexity of the topics we typically cover at the conference, we decided a couple of pre-conference sessions were insufficient to provide the foundation necessary to fully enjoy the Fall Conference.  We've replaced that optional half day with the Section 504 Foundation Series, a six video collection with Dave and Jose covering the 504 basics.

The following videos are included:

  1. The Role of the Section 504 Coordinator: Developing and Implementing Compliance-Oriented Section 504 Programs
  2. Comparison & Contrast: Section 504/ADA vs. IDEA
  3. An Overview of the Section 504 Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) Process
  4. Section 504 Nondiscrimination in Extracurricular & NonAcademic Activities
  5. Does the 504 Plan Have to Include THAT? Using Data to Create the Plan
  6. Section 504 Behavior Management & Discipline

Purchase of the Foundation Series allows the individual registered to access each of the videos of often as she'd like, as many times as she'd like, for three weeks beginning with the first use of the email-provided login.

Section 504 Foundation Right

Foundation Series at a Special Conference Price

The bundle price of $300 is reduced to $200 during our Texas Dyslexia Conference and Fall Section 504 Conference when purchased together with a conference registration for either event.

Any Dyslexia or Section 504 registration will allow the purchase of the Foundation Series for the attendee at the special rate. Want to show the series to a group of your colleagues?  We can make that happen. Give us a call at 512-219-5043.

27th Annual Fall Southwest Section 504 Conference 

In person: Nov. 13-14, 2023  &  Virtual: Nov. 20, 2023 - March 22, 2024

  • 4 Section 504 General Sessions (75 minutes each)

  • 2 Live Q&A Sessions (60 minutes each)

  • 8 Breakout Sessions (60 minutes each)