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Providing School-Based Services as Accommodations Under Section 504

presented by Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

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Financial: Mary Jane Rapport is professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is also an adjunct professor at Rocky Mountain University and course instructor for EIM Hybrid Learning Certificate Program. Mary Jane Rapport receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Mary Jane Rapport is a professional member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and APTA Academy Pediatrics. Mary Jane Rapport has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 71 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 30 Minutes

What is Section 504, and how does it apply to physical therapy in schools? Even though Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act was passed in the 1970s, there was limited application of the law to children in schools until more recently. This course will explain how Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act became an important law for children with disabilities in school, how Section 504 is similar to and different from the IDEA, and how to consider which children should receive reasonable accommodations under Section 504. The course will also provide examples of reasonable accommodations and discuss the development and implementation of 504 plans for children in schools. Differentiation between related services under IDEA and accommodations under Section 504 will be emphasized throughout.

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Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Dr. Rapport is a professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado, where she is core faculty in the Physical…

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1. What Is Section 504?

This chapter provides basic information on Section 504, including what the law is, how the law applies to children in school, and how eligibility for accommodations is determined. This includes the definition of disability under Section 504 and several of the changes made to broaden use of the definition (from the 2008 amendments to the ADA).

2. Reasonable Accommodations Under Section 504

This chapter defines and describes types of reasonable accommodations, how service decisions are made under Section 504, and how plans for service delivery are developed. This chapter delves into greater detail on how Section 504 concepts are applied to children with disabilities in schools and what is considered a reasonable accommodation.

3. Application of Section 504 in Schools

This chapter will further elaborate on the content from Chapter 2 and will focus on comparing decisions for eligibility under IDEA versus Section 504. The chapter uses questions and examples to help participants further their understanding about how and when Section 504 is used to meet the needs of children in schools.

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