This seminar is designed for teachers, principals, special education directors, psychologists, guidance counselors, social workers, board members and attorneys.
As a professional employed by the public school system, you must have a thorough understanding of both Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as well as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). While these laws overlap to a considerable degree, the requirements of Section 504 are less well known than those of IDEA. This seminar will provide you with a broad overview of Section 504 and will contrast its regulatory requirements with those of the IDEA, which is undergoing revisions in its reauthorization. Discussions will also compare and contrast these two laws and examine key issues, including how to determine which students are protected, placement and planning issues, evaluations, litigation and regulatory enforcement. In addition school administrators and school board attorneys should be well-informed on issues that arise in during school staff and handicapped disability issues. This is especially so in New Jersey. The seminar will conclude with a session for questions and answers.
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
I. Educating Students With Disabilities: The Distinctions Between IDEA And
A. Historical Development And Legislative Comparison
B. Definitions Of Disability
C. Process And Procedures
D. Accommodations, Modifications And Placements
E. Outcomes – Measuring Effectiveness
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
II. Section 504 In Depth
D. Due Process
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
III. Questions And Answers
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
IV. Section 504, The ADA, New Jersey Law Against Discrimination And
A. Defining A Handicap Or Disability
B. Obligation To Engage In The Interactive Process
C. Determining If An Accommodation Is “Reasonable”
D. Effect Of Providing Accommodations On School Operations
E. Disability Harassment Issues
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
V. Appropriate Placement Of Students And The Least Restrictive Environment
Under The IDEA
A. Educational Standards
B. Least Restrictive Environment Mandates
C. The Available Continuum Of Programs
D. Developing The Program Using The Continuum
E. Navigating The Possibly Contentious IEP Meeting Environment
4:15 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
VI. Questions And Answers