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In-Person Seminar

Section 504 in Illinois

Luis Rodriguez, JD
7 Hours 30 Minutes
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Rosalind Franklin Medical University - North Chicago, Illinois



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

In one short day, you will gain insight into federal laws, regulations, recent cases and guidance that establish the responsibilities of K-12 schools with respect to students with disabilities. Join school law attorney Cynthia Baasten as she provides the essential information and practical guidance. Questions that will be answered include:


  • What children are eligible to receive a Section 504 plan?
  • What protections does Section 504 provide for qualifying children with disabilities in the school setting?
  • What are the differences and similarities between the IEP and Section 504 process?
  • What are the current legal requirements and practical considerations for responding to a student's claim of bullying or harassment?
  • How must a school district ensure equal access to school-sponsored activities, including but not limited to competitive athletics?




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.

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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. Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, Q&A, and others. After completion of the evaluation 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. 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.

Illinois Educators


6.0 ISBE Professional Development (PD) Clock Hours have been made available through Quincy University. Those requesting ISBE PD Clock Hours will need to complete additional steps in order to receive the ISBE “Evidence of Completion for Professional Development” form. Instructions will be made available the day of the webcast under the “Materials” tab.


After completing and passing the online post-test/evaluation you will also need to complete the ISBE required “Evaluation for Workshop, Conference, Seminar, Etc.” form found on the “materials” tab. Please mail this completed form and $20 enrollment fee (if not already paid with, and in addition, to your registration fee) to PESI, Inc., CE Department, PO Box 1000, Eau Claire, WI 54702-1000, along with your name, the full title of the webcast, and date of live broadcast.

Illinois Social Workers

PESI, Inc is an approved provider with the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. License #: 159-000154. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 360 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. 



Luis Rodriguez, JD's Profile

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Engler, Baasten & Sraga, LLC

Luis A. Rodriguez, is a new partner at Engler Callaway Baasten & Sraga, LLC. He earned his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 1994 and his J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1997. For over 20 years, he has concentrated his practice in the areas of special education/disability law and other student-related matters. Prior to joining ECB&S, Mr. Rodriguez uniquely served in both legal and high-level administrative roles with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) special education department. His tenure with CPS included representing the district in special education litigation, serving as the lead legal advisor for all CPS special education legal matters, and holding the role of the special education department’s Deputy Officer/Executive Director. In the latter role, Mr. Rodriguez oversaw the implementation of special education procedural requirements, the resolution of special education disputes, the supervision of the department’s LEA Representatives, and other departmental functions. Mr. Rodriguez has lectured at numerous CPS training programs and conferences, as well as Illinois School Psychologists Association conferences over the years.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Luis Rodriguez is a partner at Engler Callaway Baasten & Sraga, LLC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Luis Rodriguez is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education.


Background and Basic Concepts of Section 504
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Enforcement
”Child Find” and Eligibility Determinations under Section 504
  • Criteria for Eligibility under Section 504
  • Comparison between Section 504 and the IDEA
  • Section 504 Child Find Duties
  • Evaluations/Reevaluations under Section 504
Specific Student Populations and/or Conditions
  • Anxiety and/or Depression
  • Concussions
  • Drug/Alcohol Users
  • Dyslexia
  • Life-Threatening Allergies
  • Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming Students
Section 504 Plans
  • Sources of Information and Data Collection
  • Conducting a Section 504 Meeting
  • Comparison of FAPE under Section 504 & the IDEA
  • Writing Defensible Section 504 Plans
  • Ensuring Proper Implementation of Section 504 Plans
Student Discipline under Section 504
  • Additional Requirements under Section 504
  • Manifestation Determinations
Section 504 General Non-Discrimination Requirements
  • Non-Discrimination Basics
  • Permissible Different or Separate Aids, Benefits or Services
  • Equal Access to Extracurricular Activities
  • Bullying/Harassment of Students with Disabilities
  • Retaliation
Student Records and Confidentiality Issues

Recent Case Law Examples and Trends


Analyze the information needed to determine whether a student qualifies under Section 504.

  1. Determine when a school writes a Section 504 plan or an IEP for a student with disabilities.
  2. Specify the requirements for developing defensible Section 504 plans.
  3. Determine the legal protections afforded to students under Section 504.
  4. Catalogue common issues facing school staff and parents with regard to Section 504 plans and programming.
  5. Devise proper procedures for discipline of students eligible under Section 504.
  6. Propose other requirements and considerations for ensuring students have access to educational programming and school-sponsored activities.

Target Audience

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



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