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Seminar Detail

Section 504 in Illinois
Section 504 in Illinois

Where:   PEORIA, IL

When:  Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM

This event is not currently available for purchase.

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Course Description:

In one short day, you will gain new insight to federal laws, regulations and recent cases and guidance that significantly affect your K-12 district compliance. Join school law attorneys Cynthia Baasten and Courtney Stillman as they provide the essential information and practical guidance for your school.

Questions that will be answered include:
  • How have the ADA Amendments Act and amended federal regulations changed the eligibility criteria under Section 504?
  • Who is covered under Section 504? How are students with diabetes, epilepsy, life-threatening food allergies, and other common chronic illnesses handled under Section 504?
  • What is included in a Section 504 plan? What are the differences and similarities between a Section 504 plan and an IEP?
  • What protections are afforded to eligible students in discipline matters?
  • How is bullying a Section 504 issue?
  • How do you ensure equal access to extracurricular and other non-academic activities?

  1. Identify the qualifying conditions warranting the development of a Section 504 Plan.
  2. Determine the difference between the need for a Section 504 Plan and an I.E.P.
  3. Discuss the legal concepts and protections as found within Section 504.
  4. Explain the requirements for evaluations, behavioral accommodations/modifications and other supports in a 504 Plan.
  5. Describe common issues facing parents and school district staff with regard to Section 504.
  6. Discipline of students eligible under Section 504.


Cynthia M. Baasten, is a partner at Engler Callaway Baasten & Sraga, LLC. Ms. Baasten practices in all areas of school law. Ms. Baasten received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University of Chicago. She also earned a Certificate in Child and Family Law from Loyola Law School’s Civitas Program. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Baasten worked as a Certified Public Accountant for a public accounting firm in Chicago. After law school, Ms. Baasten completed a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Sophia H. Hall in the Chancery Division, Circuit Court of Cook County before entering private practice. She lectures frequently on special education requirements, student matters, and employment issues for clients, training programs, and Illinois conferences. She is a member of the National Council of School Attorneys and the Illinois Council of School Attorneys and was recognized by Chicago Magazine as a “Rising Star” in the areas of school and education law for several years.

Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Cynthia Baasten is Partner at Engler Callaway Baasten & Sraga, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Cynthia Baasten is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association; the National Council of School Attorneys; and the Illinois Council of School Attorneys.


Courtney N. Stillman, is a partner in the law firm of Hauser, Izzo, Petrarca, Gleason & Stillman, LLC where she concentrates her practice in the areas of student issues, special education and disability law. Before joining Hauser, Izzo, Petrarca, Gleason & Stillman, LLC, Ms. Stillman represented students with disabilities for 10 years. Ms. Stillman served as a member of her local board of education for 11 years and was president of that school board for six years. Before practicing school law, she practiced in the areas of corporate and tax law. Ms. Stillman earned a B.A. in political science from Manchester College in 1989, and graduated, summa cum laude from Indiana University School of Law in 1992. She is recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in the area of school law and is licensed in Indiana and Illinois. She serves as a Section 504 hearing officer. Ms. Stillman regularly presents on topics of special education and student issues.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Courtney Stillman is Partner at Hauser Izzo, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Courtney Stillman is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association; and the DuPage County Bar Association.
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