Seminar Detail

Section 504 in Massachusetts

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM

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Course Description:

If you attend only one seminar this year, it has to be Section 504.

In one short day, you will gain new insight to regulations, laws and issues that significantly affect your K-12 district compliance. Join school law expert Mary Gallant as she provides the essential information and practical guidance on what it means to your school.

Questions that will be answered include:
  • How have the ADA Amendments and new federal regulations changed the eligibility criteria under Section 504? What is the school district's obligation to identify and evaluate students? Are you under or over identifying?
  • Why a health plan can't substitute for a 504 plan.
  • What are the new rules regarding service animals?
  • How are discipline and behavioral issues handled with a student eligible under Section 504, as compared/contrasted with a student eligible under IDEA?

  1. Break down the qualifying conditions that warrant the development of a Section 504 Plan.
  2. Determine the difference between the need for a Section 504 Plan and an I.E.P.
  3. Communicate the legal concepts and protections as found within Section 504.
  4. Analyze the requirements for Child Find, behavioral accommodations/modifications and other supports in a 504 Plan.
  5. Ascertain the common issues facing parents and school district staff with regard to Section 504.
  6. Determine necessary record keeping requirements.

Section 504
  • What is Section 504?
  • Purpose?
  • Effect?
  • Standards?
  • Different than IDEA?
    • How? Why?
    • Practical Issues
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Less is More
  • ”Litigation” Eligibility Criteria?
  • Employee Accommodations
  • Private or Independent Schools?
  • Understanding What the Criteria is and Means
Public School Practical Tools
  • Staffing the 504 Committee the Right Way
  • Parental Consent
  • Evaluation or “Assessment”
  • Information Sources
  • Mitigation Measures
  • ”Placement”
Case Law Review

Section 504 vs. IDEA
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Policy Basics
  • Evaluations
  • Accommodations
Comegno Combat Rules
  • Staying Safe
Student Records and Ethics
  • Access to Plans?
  • Information
  • Who? How? When? Why?
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Question and Answer


Mary L. Gallant, is an experienced attorney with a primary focus on special education, education and juvenile law. Ms. Gallant regularly advises public schools; assisting them with compliance on special education laws and regulations and interactions with staff of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Children and Families, Department of Mental Health and Department of Developmental Disabilities. In her time with Sakakeeney & Associates, she represented clients in litigation before administrative agencies, including the Bureau of Special Education Appeals, as well as state and federal trial and appellate courts. In addition, she frequently conducts workshops for teachers, principals and school administrators on a variety of special education and education topics. Ms. Gallant is an honors graduate of Boston University School of Law. She is an honors graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, holding dual bachelor’s degrees in Zoology and Psychology. Mary is a licensed social worker in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Mary Gallant receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Mary Gallant is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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