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Digital Seminar

Section 504 Law in New Jersey Today: Stay in Compliance with Today’s New Laws & Regulations to Address Student Needs

John B. Comegno II, Esq.
Approx. 6 Hours
Feb 03, 2023
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Digital Seminar - Also available: In-Person Seminar  2 | Live Webcast

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In one short day, you will gain new insight to regulations, laws and issues that significantly affect your public and private school compliance. Watch school law expert John B. Comegno II as he draws from his 15 years of experience representing public school districts, to provide the essential information and practical guidance and explain 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?
  • What are the “Child Find” obligations under Section 504? How do they compare with those under IDEA?
  • How are discipline and behavioral issues handled with a student eligible under Section 504, as compared/contrasted with a student eligible under IDEA?
  • Manifestation determinations under 504



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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.


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Comegno Law Group

John B. Comegno II, Esquire, founder and president of the Comegno Law Group, PC, is recognized as a leading school law practitioner, representing public and independent schools through the Northeast region. He is a member of the bars of the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and has litigated special education disputes across the United States. He lectures to professional groups throughout the region and regularly appears as a keynote speaker for national groups across the country.

Mr. Comegno has broad experience in the area of special education and Section 504 litigation. He regularly mediates special education disputes and tries Due Process Hearings. Working closely with directors of special education, case managers and members of child study and IEP teams to quickly deal with special education issues on a day-to-day basis, Mr. Comegno has extensive experience dealing with disability-specific legal issues and is accustomed to providing quick and thorough legal assistance. He provides counsel regarding the eligibility, evaluation, and classification process. Mr. Comegno also has extensive experience in handling union negotiations, Mr. Comegno is involved in a variety of labor and employment issues including confidentiality and reporting requirements for teachers and staff and sexual harassment in the school setting, including teacher-to-teacher, teacher-to-student and student-to-student harassment.

Drawing from hundreds of seminars to thousands of educational practitioners across the country, John’s lectures are equal parts legal/practical guidance and humor, wit and entertainment. Attendees regularly follow John’s lectures on an annual basis and report that his lecture style not only well-informs but also engages entertains.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: John B. Comegno II maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: John B. Comegno II is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Burlington County Bar Association, and the Camden County Bar Association.


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  1. Differentiate between IDEA and Section 504 principles and policy to determine the appropriate educational supports for children with various disabilities.
  2. Determine how federal and state law and regulation, and best practices, changed on account of COVID19.
  3. Analyze the policy basis for the major disability laws related to eligibility for special education and/or Section 504 accommodation.
  4. Evaluate student mental health difficulties through current needs and identify practical strategies to assist and enable learning.
  5. Propose strategies that simultaneously address student needs while limiting the risk of due process and civil rights disability litigation.
  6. Determine strategies that properly address behavioral and disciplinary concerns for students with disabilities.
  7. Analyze the Section 504 development process to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and reduce the risk of litigation.
  8. Evaluate ethical considerations related to the delivery of special education and Section 504 accommodation service.


There’s No Place Like Home
  • The key to best practice disability accommodation
  • Is “more,” better?
  • Effective ways to explain the differences between Section 504 and IDEA
  • Explore and apply the resource continuum
Section 504 is Different
  • Where does Section 504 come from? And why?
  • Is Section 504 “law” or “guidance”?
  • Most important policy consideration under the law
  • How and why the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act are different
  • How COVID19 changed practical implementation of Section 504
  • Main difference between Accommodations and Modifications
The Eligibility Criteria Matters – A Lot
  • Who’s eligible, who’s not, and why it’s critically important to know the difference
  • Criteria best practices today
  • How and why the eligibility criteria are different between the “vehicles”
The Note
  • Are medical notes “required”?
  • Best practice for engaging with medical practitioners
  • Diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan
Assess Needs
  • Who is at the table and who needs to be at the table?
  • The difference between assessment and evaluation
  • Crucial role of data collection of effective Section 504 decisions
Ten Mistakes to Avoid
  • Engaging and entertaining lessons from the road you will never forget
USDOE OCR “Guidance”
  • Who’s eligible, who’s not, and why it’s critically important to know the difference
  • Criteria best practices today
  • How and why the eligibility criteria are different between the “vehicles”
Mental Health Matters – More Than Ever
  • The Anxiety epidemic
  • Is the student different? Why?
  • Objectively gauging needs in the post-COVID19 world
  • Yes, Discipline is Different
  • Reality of discipline and behavioral intervention
  • MDs, FBAs, and other important acronyms
  • Why Section 504, instead of IDEA, may be the right choice to accommodate
Ethical Considerations
  • Student records issues under FERPA and Section 504
  • Confidentiality in data collection
  • Ensure those with a “need to know,” know
Everybody Loves a Pony
  • What is (and is not) a service animal?
  • How to regulate and support students with service animal needs
Case Law Review
  • Addressed throughout the day

Target Audience

  • General Education Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • School Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • School Nurses
  • Related Service Providers
  • Other Helping Professionals that Work with Children


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