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An Updated Guide to Identifying & Planning for Students with Disabilities in the Schools: Section 504 in Vermont
An Updated Guide to Identifying & Planning for Students with Disabilities in the Schools: Section 504 in Vermont


When:  Friday, November 1, 2013 at 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM

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Course Description:

  • What is the school district's duty to identify and evaluate students? By what criteria does a Section 504 team decide if a student is protected by Section 504? Are you over identifying? How does Section 504 relate to Vermont's Educational Support System?
  • What are the hallmarks of a sound 504 plan and what are the legal requirements? What are the practical considerations in preparing and implementing a 504 plan and what should not be included in the plan? How often should plans be updated?
  • What are the responsibilities of the general education teachers and administrators, and of 504 team members?
  • How are discipline and behavioral issues handled under Section 504? How do procedures differ from those of the IDEA and special education?
  • What are Section 504 requirements and considerations with respect to participation in field trips and extra-curricular activities?

The purpose of this seminar is to answer these questions and many others for those working in a K-12 setting. Both Vermont-specific and federal law will be covered.

  1. List the protections Section 504 provides for students with disabilities.
  2. Identify who is a student with a disability and define disability.
  3. List and explain what a Section 504 plan should include.
  4. Discuss the responsibilities of a general educator with respect to 504 students.
  5. Determine when and how to appropriately accommodate behavioral issues.
  6. Explain the legal requirements of Section 504 and how they impact a student's participation in after-school activities.


Patti Page, is an owner of the Burlington law firm of Stitzel, Page & Fletcher, P.C., where her practice exclusively involves representation of school districts, with a concentration on special education, disabilities and nondiscrimination law, school discipline and confidentiality issues. She received her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Tufts University and her J.D. from Stanford University. Ms. Page has taught post-graduate special education and education law courses at Castleton State College, Lyndon State College, and the University of Vermont, and has been a presenter on special education, Section 504 and education law topics for the Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators, the Vermont Principals’ Association, and for numerous supervisory unions and privately-sponsored workshops.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Patti Page is the owner of Stitzel, Page & Fletcher, PC. She receives a speaking honorarium from VCSEA. Ms. Page receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Patti Page is a member of the American Bar Association; Vermont Bar Association; and Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators.
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