Section 504 and ADA : Student Disability Rights

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  • 60 minutes

The entirety of Section 504 is comprised of one sentence: "No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States...shall, solely by reason of...disability, be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participating in, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." But what does this mean in the practical context of a post-secondary education, and what is expected of schools? Since the implementation of Section 504 and, later, the ADA, courts have been busy analyzing the language and deciding student disability rights issues.

In this session, Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq. examines 10 prominent court cases that provide an expansive look at the legal expectations of student disability rights at postsecondary institutions. Through this process, she breaks down the key components of nondiscrimination and provides helpful tips on what it takes for postsecondary programs to pass muster under Section 504 and the ADA.

Session Highlights:

  • Provides a brief, accurate, and convenient summary of the requirements of Section 504 and the ADA as they apply to postsecondary schools – a helpful quick overview

  • Analyses the issue using case studies, so that the process is clear and easy to understand

  • Provides tips and best practices for schools to ensure legal compliance and limit potential liability

Why You Should Attend:

This session uses key case studies to demonstrate key Section 504 and ADA concepts as well as areas of potential liability. The presenter will illustrate the significant requirements of both laws through analysis of the 10 cases, and she will provide best-practice tips to help schools minimize potential liability and effective accommodate students with disabilities. She will also discuss the 2016 changes to Section 504 and how those changes impact institutional responsibilities.

Who Should Attend:

This session would be valuable for both K-12 and post-secondary level employees.

  • Post-Secondary:

  • HR officials

  • Deans of Students

  • Dorm Monitors

  • Student Activity Advisors

  • Professors

  • Disability Advocates

  • Attorneys/Solicitors

  • K-12:

  • Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents

  • Building-Level Administrators (Principals, Assistant Principals, etc.)

  • Pupil Services Personnel / Deans of Students 

Ask your question directly from our expert during the Q&A session following the live event.

Erin  Gilsbach

Erin Gilsbach

Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., is one of the nation’s foremost experts on thetopic of immigration and education law. She has presented on this topic at the National School BoardsAssociation annual conference, the Education Law Association annual conference,and the North Dakota School Boards Association annual conference.  Atty. Gilsbach is an experienced speaker atthe state and national levels on this issue as well as many other issuesregarding Education and Education Law. She currently serves as the Director of Professional and Policy Developmentand an attorney with the PA-based law firm of King Spry Herman Freund &Faul and is a founding member of the Greyfriars Institute, a nonprofitaffiliate entity dedicated to providing quality professional education in thearea of school law to educators and school leaders. She provides legal representation and/orprofessional development to over 150 Pennsylvania schools. In her practice,Atty. Gilsbach emphasizes a proactive approach to legal defensibility forschools by helping them to create procedures, administrative regulations andboard policies that are developed not only upon consideration of statutory andregulatory requirements but also the best practices and common pitfalls foundwithin the facts of applicable caselaw.  

Voted a Rising Star Attorney by her peers inSuperlawyers and Philadelphia magazines for the past four years, Atty. Gilsbachserves as President-Elect of the PA School Boards Solicitors Association. She began her career as a public high schoolEnglish teacher. Prior to joining King Spry and the Greyfriars Institute, sheserved for over two years at the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Officeof Chief Counsel.

Section 504 and ADA : Student Disability Rights for Postsecondary Schools


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