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AZ Section 504 in Arizona Today: Stay in Compliance with Today's New Laws & Regulations to Address Student Needs

John B. Comegno II, Esq.
7 Hours 45 Minutes
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Hilton Phoenix Airport - Phoenix, Arizona


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In one short day, you will gain new insight into regulations, laws and issues that significantly affect your public and private school compliance. Join 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:

  • Does USDOE OCR 2022 guidance change Federal or State law?
  • Are Manifestation Determinations required, now?
  • Does “Long COVID-19” automatically require Section 504 plans?
  • Which diagnosis automatically trigger Section 504 eligibility?
  • How to best engage with medical professionals in this process?
  • What is the most important legal difference between Section 504 and IDEA?
  • Are student mental health or “SEL” Section 504 considerations?


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - *

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate. For the in-person event, after attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will need to log into their online account to complete the online evaluation (and, if applicable for your profession, the online post-test with 80% passing score). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, Q&A, and others. After completion of the evaluation (and post-test, if applicable), participants can download/print their certificate of completion. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance will be available in the attendee online account after completion of the evaluation and online post-test (if the test is required for your profession). An adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be sent within 30 days (if your board allows).

Continuing Education Information: Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live, in-person event only. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  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 profession's standards.

For Planning Committee disclosures, please see below.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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Earn up to 6.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

Counselors - Counselors

This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Counselors - Arizona Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.0 continuing education clock hours for Arizona Counselors. The Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, pursuant to A.A.C. R4-6-802, confirms acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to counseling and approved by a national professional association of counseling, social work or substance abuse counseling. PESI is an approved provider of continuing education seminars with a national social work association. Please see social work approvals for this program. 

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Course Level: Intermediate Format: In-person.  Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


This course is designed to qualify towards your professional development requirement. The course is 6.0 clock hours in length.

Arizona Teachers

This course is designed to qualify for 6.0 clock hours of Professional Development. This certificate is proof of your attendance. Please retain it in your records or use for submission as proof of completion when required.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 365 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



John B. Comegno II, Esq.'s Profile

John B. Comegno II, Esq. Related seminars and products

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 and has an employment relationship with Wake Forest University School of Law. 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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Live Event Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.

Timeline for Completion

Please complete the CE quiz and/or evaluation within one week after the event.


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 COVID-19 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 to effective Section 504 decisions

Ten Mistakes to Avoid

  • Engaging and entertaining lessons from the road you will never forget

USDOE OCR “Guidance.”

  • The role of OCR
  • Difference between “guidance,” regulation, and law
  • How this guidance changes today’s best practices
  • What will come next year?

Mental Health Matters—More Than Ever

  • The Anxiety epidemic
  • Is the student different? Why?
  • Objectively gauging need in the post-COVID-19 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


  1. Differentiate between IDEIA 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 COVID-19.
  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 services.

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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