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Advanced ADA/Section 504 for Higher Education

Avoid Common Compliance Errors and Adopt Best Practices for Reasonable Accommodations

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Recommended Prior Learning: 

ADA/Section 504 Foundations for Higher Education

Course Coming Spring 2024

Level Up Your Campus’ Disability Inclusivity and Accessibility

Understand compliance regulations for students and employees with disabilities, including mental health issues, website accessibility, temporary disability, and housing and dining accommodations.

Participants will engage in a variety of engaging, faculty-led applied learning exercises to ensure their understanding of academic accommodations, including those that significantly alter the curriculum. Additionally, they will learn to apply decision-making frameworks in a supportive and legally compliant manner and consider the various ways that institutions should address disability-related grievances.

Before attending this course, we recommend completing the ADA and Section 504 Foundations for Higher Education course. In addition, participants should have a basic understanding of disability law in educational settings.

Topics Covered

  • Refresher of Equity Framework
  • Overview of 504/ADA Grievance Process
  • Addressing Intersections with Mental Health Issues
  • Medical Leaves/Withdrawals: Voluntary and Involuntary
  • Direct Threat Test/Legitimate Safety Concern/Risk
  • Academic Accommodations v. Modifications
  • Animals on Campus
  • On-campus Housing and Dining Services
  • Website Accessibility
  • Physical Campus Accessibility
  • Supporting Deaf/Hearing-Impaired and Blind/Vision-Impaired Individuals
  • Collaboration Between Accessibility Offices and the Title IX Office

Key Takeaway

Learn how to process accommodations requests equitably and provide supportive, legally compliant, and best-practice access for students and employees with disabilities. Understand nuances when requests intersect with behavioral or mental health issues or would significantly alter the academic environment.

After completing this training, participants will be able to:

  • Respond to conduct issues that present for students with disabilities
  • Explain the required steps for an institution to involuntarily remove a student or employee with a disability, as well as identify common compliance pitfalls and best practices
  • Evaluate requests for academic accommodations, including those that would be a fundamental alteration
  • Distinguish between service animals and emotional support animals
  • Understand the institution’s obligations to make websites accessible
  • Identify reasonable accommodations in housing and/or dining programs

Who should attend?

  • Title IX Coordinators
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinators
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Legal Counsel
  • Compliance and Risk Management Professionals (Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, ADA/Section 504, AA, EEO, Clery)
  • Student Affairs Administrators
  • ADA/Section 504 Coordinators
  • Disability Services Professionals
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professionals
  • Ombudspersons

There are currently no scheduled events for this certification, please contact events@atixa.org to inquire about future availability or inquiry@tngconsulting.com to bring an ATIXA trainer to your school or campus for an individualized training on this topic.


To obtain certification from ATIXA, you will need to sign-in to your Event Lobby each day of training and attend the whole event. It is our expectation that you are present for the entire duration of your training course. Certification will only be provided once ATIXA has verified attendance through the Event Lobby.

Please allow 7-10 days following the completion of the course and then log in on our website and visit the My ATIXA page to access the Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program system. Please follow the instructions on the webpage to obtain your certification. Our CCC program allows those certified by ATIXA to track, maintain, and extend their professional development through our programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Certification refers to attendance at a qualifying event; TNG cannot speak to individual attendees’ knowledge, expertise, or command of the material.

Training & Certification Course registration fees include:
  • Attendance for each day of training or access to eTraining course for three months
  • An extensive course-specific selection of articles, customizable forms and templates, case studies, videos, and more
  • Instructional slides or transcript for eTraining
  • Access to ATIXA content experts
  • Ability to interact with faculty and attendees via course discussion and activities
  • Certification upon corresponding course completion