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Digital Seminar

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

John B. Comegno II, Esq.
Approx. 6 Hours
Audio and Video
Mar 11, 2024
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In one training, you will gain new insight into regulations, laws and issues that significantly affect your public and private school compliance. Watch school law expert John B. Comegno II, Esq. as he draws from his 16 years of experience representing public school districts to walk you through the essential information and practical guidance you need in a surprisingly engaging and entertaining format!

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?

PURCHASE TODAY to ensure compliance and gain the confidence you need to guide your school effectively.


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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 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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  1. Identify Section 504 principles and policy to inform appropriate considerations for educational supports. 
  2. Identify administrative strategies that address disciplinary concerns and their impact on learning for students with disabilities.  
  3. Evaluate the regulatory requirements and considerations for learning in the development process of Section 504 plans.  
  4. Identify the most important legal difference between Section 504 and IDEA. 
  5. Differentiate between guidance, regulation, and law and their considerations for education. 
  6. Determine strategies to collaborate with medical professionals in the development of Section 504 plans to improve participation in education. 


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

Target Audience

  • School Administrators
  • School Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • School Nurses
  • Related Service Providers
  • General Education Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Other Professionals working with Students


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