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Still time to register for KSBA’s Sept. 23-25 special training on Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act Conference for school personnel
Still time to register for KSBA’s Sept. 23-25 special training on Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act Conference for school personnel

Don't face legal liability for failure to train staff in key areas of disability law. Those who have duties to address staff, student and visitor access, and service issues for those with disabilities need updated training, and KSBA is providing that with its Sept. 23-25 conference on Section 504 and the ADA.

Lack of knowledge in these complex areas can lead to investigation and sanctions from the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Justice Students, visitors, staff and job applicants can sue districts and individuals for failure to properly accommodate disabling conditions to provide program access. This can result in huge liability costs for the district and its supervisors, which can be avoided if they receive training and are able to be in a legally defensible position if sued.

The KSBA training will be organized and led by a school board attorney with many years of experience in helping school districts address these issues in a manner than minimizes the likelihood of incurring liability. An experienced KSBA policy consultant will also show attendees where to find helpful information on addressing accommodation issues in the KSBA model policies and procedures.

The conference, at the Embassy Suites Hotel on Newtown Pike in Lexington, is held over three days, each with a different focus. Attendees get a price break for attending the entire conference.

Wednesday is the student resource day, with discussion of Section 504 eligibility, 504 plans and discipline rules, and the rollout of the new KSBA Section 504 electronic version of procedures and forms for student services. Lots of 504 student services scenarios will be presented, including ones about eligibility.

Thursday is devoted to requirements for accommodating members of the public who are invited in for events. This covers service animals, tickets for special seating, motorized vehicles like the Segway, effective communication and more.

Friday is a day filled with discussion about accommodating applicants for employment and staff members. Court decisions and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance will be presented.

Register online here http://www.ksba.org/protected/EventView.aspx?id=6G3203B.

Registration fees are as follows:

KSBA Special Education Service Subscribers

$100 for Wednesday morning

$100 for Wednesday afternoon

$200 for Wednesday full day

$200 for Thursday

$200 for Friday

$450 for 2.5 days (This fee will be adjusted after registration review. Please register for the days you wish to attend at those rates and the $450 will be applied to your invoice.)

$550 for all three days

Non-subscribers

$300 for Wednesday morning

$300 for Wednesday afternoon

$600 for Wednesday full day

$600 for Thursday

$600 for Friday

$1,350 for 2.5 days (This fee will be adjusted after registration review. Please register for the days you wish to attend at those rates and the $1,350 will be applied to your invoice.)

$1,650 for all three days

No cancellations allowed, but substitutions may be made.

For more information, please contact Jolene Shearer Jolene.shearer@ksba.org or call 800-372-2962.