Top 10 Section 504 Mistakes:
Lessons Learned from Real-Life Cases
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
1:00 - 2:15 EST
Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq.
Description of Program:
Asthma, diabetes, epilepsy… Is your school in compliance with the basic legal protection laws regarding students with disabilities? Are you creating Section 504 plans for all students who are entitled to Section 504 accommodations, or are you under-identifying students who are entitled to these legal protections? Lawsuits involving allegations of Section 504 violations are increasing and can be very costly for schools, yet very few schools have legally-defensible procedures and practices with regards to Section 504. In this session, Atty. Erin D. Gilsbach, an experienced speaker at the state and national levels, provides insight into common errors that schools make and practical solutions to enhance legal compliance.
As an attorney who specializes in legal professional development for schools, Atty. Gilsbach has found that public schools across the nation are making the same liability-inducing mistakes. She provides insight into what common practices get schools into legal trouble, and she offers simple, realistic solution to some of these chronic (and costly!) legal issues. In this fast-paced, easy-to-follow training, she identifies areas of much-need improvement and helps schools identify and SOLVE some of today’s most significant Section 504 legal liability issues.
What disabilities are eligible for Section 504 protections?
What does a legally-defensible Section 504 plan need to include?
Who should have a copy of a student’s Section 504 plan?
What happens when parents and schools don’t agree on accommodations?
What types of accommodations need to be made for students with disabilities?
How often do Section 504 plans need to be reviewed/rewritten?
What should schools do when parents do not provide necessary medical information?
About the Presenter:
Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq. is the Executive Director of EdLaw Interactive (edlawinteractive.com). An experienced speaker at the state and national levels on matters regarding school law and a frequent author on education law topics, Atty. Gilsbach provides a wide variety of training programs, as well as legal consulting services, to school districts, charter schools, non-public schools, and education-related organizations. A former high school English teacher who served for over two years at the PA Dept. of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel, Atty. Gilsbach was voted by her peers as a SuperLawyers “Rising Star Attorney” for 5 consecutive years. She currently services as the Immediate Past-President of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Solicitor’s Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA). She is an active member of and frequent presenter and author for NSBA, COSA, PSBA, the National Business Institute (NBI), LRP’s National Institute, and the Education Law Association (ELA). Attorney Gilsbach was named the 2018 Distinguished Speaker at the annual Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education. Atty. Gilsbach has authored a book on public school obligations to students with medical needs, which is scheduled to be published by LRP publications in the summer of 2019.