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From mild anxiety to sheer panic, Section 504 tends to evoke a wide range of emotions in educators and school leaders. If you share in these feelings, don't worry - you are not alone. Section 504 ensures equal access to school programs for students with disabilities, but educators are often fuzzy about exactly what their obligations are under this federal law. To make matters worse, there is a large amount of misinformation floating around about the topic, and really good professional development sessions on this topic are almost impossible to find - until now!

Presented by a seasoned school law attorney and public speaker, this session is designed to truly clarify Section 504 obligations for public schools, break down the law in a manner that is approachable and meaningful, and provide a host of best-practice tips and tools for participants to take back to their schools. This session is designed to provide practical tools, such as charts, graphics, and case summaries, to help schools identify their obligations under the law and develop legally-defensible implementation procedures and practices.

Demystifying Section 504:

A Practical Guide to a Puzzling Law


Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq.

About the Presenter

All sessions 9:00 am - 3:00 pm  

$199 per participant

$149 group rate available for groups of 5 or more

This program is being offered on the following dates and locations:       


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October 23, 2018

Western Wayne School District

District Administration Bldg.

1970c Easton Turnpike

Lake Ariel, PA  18436

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  • SECTION 504 ELIGIBILITY ISSUES – a look at the expansive definition of “disability” and a discussion of how to make it workable in a school setting

  • PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS – what does the law require, and what do schools frequently miss?

  • COMMON SECTION 504 PLAN DRAFTING ERRORS – what’s causing trouble and how to fix it

  • ACCOMMODATIONS VS. SPECIALLY DESIGNED INSTRUCTION – identifying the difference between these two concepts and why it is SO important!

  • STUDENT HEALTH ISSUES – when do we need a nurse and other common questions

  • DEVELOPING DEFENSIBLE PROCEDURES – what can schools do to establish proper protocols?

  • Q&A – Have questions? Specific issues on your mind? Come prepared to ask!

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Event FAQs

Is pre-registration required, or are walk-ins welcome?  

Pre-registration online is required. We will not be accepting walk-ins on the date of the event.

Am I required to pre-pay at the time of registration, or are other payment options available?

Payment in full must be made online during the registration process. We currently are unable to accept physical checks, purchase orders, or other forms of payment.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at

What's the refund policy?

All live event sales are final, and no refunds will be given. However, despite the fact that we are lawyers, we are not totally coldhearted. (We're the good ones, I promise!) We understand that, in schools, emergencies and unforseen events occur often. In the event that you are unable to attend an event for which you are registered, you have some options. You may transfer your ticket to another individual (just make sure they bring a copy of the ticket with them - see below) for no additional charge, or, if there is another session available at another location or on another date, you can contact us to determine if a transfer would be available (see paragraphs below for more details).

Can I transfer my registration to another event?

We know that circumstances that may arise that prevent school personnel from being able to attend a training. If you discover you are not able to attend a training, please contact us at, and let us know the session for which you are currently registered and the session into which you would like to transfer.  Registrants can transfer to any other open (public) event as long as the transfer request was made in advance and there is space in the program into which the registrant wishes to transfer.  If the program into which you will be transferring is at a higher cost than the paid program, you will be responsible for the difference in cost, which must be paid at the time of registration.  (If the cost paid for the original is higher than the program into which the registrant is transferring, EdLaw Interactive is NOT responsible for reimbursing the difference in costs.)  The general registration rate will apply to all transfer sessions. Earlybird and other discounted rates are not available for transfers. Due to materials costs involved in live trainings, transfers are only available prior to the start of the training for which the individual is already registered. The option to transfer will not be available once the training for which the participant had orginally registered is completed. All transfer options are subject to availability, and specific topics for transfer trainings cannot be guaranteed. (But don't worry - all of our programs are great!)

Can I transfer my registration for a live event to a webinar and vice-versa?

At this time, we cannot transfer attendance between webinars and live events.  Sorry!

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Not unless you are taking the place of someone else (see question below). For individuals who registered under their own name, a photo ID or other form of identification is sufficient. Individuals who are attending under someone else's registration information will need to bring the original ticket, so that we can verify the transfer.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable to another person?

Absolutely. Just make sure the person to whom you are transfering the ticket brings the actual ticket to the event to verify the transfer. No problem!

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes. We understand that circumstances may arise that require you to send a proxy. Not a problem. (If you think someone has stolen your ticket and will try to use it at the event that you will actually be attending, definitely let them.  Nothing livens up a legal seminar like catching an electronic ticket thief red-handed. It truly is the perfect ice breaker!)

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About the Presenter:

Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., is the Executive Director of EdLaw Interactive, which specializes in legal training for educators and school administrators.  An experienced speaker both nationally and in her home state of Pennsylvania, Erin currently serves as the Board of Directors of NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys and President of the PSBA Solicitors Association.  She provides legal consulting and training services to schools, education-related organizations in the areas of special education; development of legally-defensible policies and procedures; trending legal issues regarding technology and education; nursing and school health services; truancy prevention; child abuse prevention and mandated reporting; educator evaluation and discipline; and many other school law topics. 

Elected by her peers as a "Rising Star Attorney" for 5 consecutive years, Erin began her career as a public high school English teacher, and she served for several years at the PA Department of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel.  In 2017, she served as the legal consultant for the desk reference "Legal Issues in School Health Services,” and she is the author of a handbook on health-related special education issues for LRP Publications, which is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2019.

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