1. Student Disability Rights in Higher Ed: Lessons Learned from Ten Schools

Student Disability Rights in Higher Ed: Lessons Learned from Ten Schools

Student Disability Rights in Higher Ed: Lessons Learned from Ten Schools
Event ID: 71470


Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin Gilsbach, attorney at law, Steckel and Stopp
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? HR, university counsel, college and university administrators, special education directors, and student services professionals, faculty
Best For: Higher Education


The entirety of Section 504 is comprised of one sentence: "No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States...shall, solely by reason of...disability, be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participating in, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." But what does this mean in the practical context of a post-secondary education, and what is expected of schools? Since the implementation of Section 504 and, later, the ADA, courts have been busy analyzing the language and deciding student disability rights issues.

Please join attorney Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq. as she examines 10 prominent court cases that provide an expansive look at the legal expectations of student disability rights at postsecondary institutions. Through this process, she breaks down the key components of nondiscrimination and provides helpful tips on what it takes in order for postsecondary programs to pass muster under Section 504 and the ADA.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • What schools are subject to the requirements of Section 504?
  • Who is eligible for Section 504 protections?
  • How does Section 504 affect a school’s enrollment and application process?
  • What types of accommodations are required under Section 504?
  • Who makes accommodation determinations under Section 504?
  • Are schools required to waive degree program requirements or otherwise alter their academic curriculum for students with disabilities?
  • To what extent does Section 504 require schools to accommodate visitors on school grounds?



Your conference leader for “Student Disability Rights in Higher Ed: Lessons Learned from Ten Schools” is Erin Gilsbach. Ms. Gilsbach is a practicing school law attorney with the PA-based law firm of Steckel and Stopp. She is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels on matters regarding school law and a frequent author on education law topics. She currently serves as the 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). Ms. 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. She specializes in school policy and procedure legal defensibility audits as well as professional development in areas of special education, school technology, nursing and school health services, truancy prevention, child abuse prevention and mandated reporting, educator evaluation and discipline, and many other trending school law topics. Prior to attending law school, she taught high school English. Prior to entering private practice, she served for over two years at the PA Dept. of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel. Ms. Gilsbach was voted by her peers as a SuperLawyers “Rising Star Attorney” for 5 consecutive years and is an active member of and frequent presenter and author for NSBA, COSA, the national Education Law Association (ELA), PSBA, the LRP Institute, the National Business Institute (NBI), the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), and a number of other legal and educational organizations. She is currently writing a book for LRP publications on school health services that is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2019.

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