Section 504, ADA, FERPA and HIPAA

Practicing in public schools is rife with judgement calls! This session will review privacy and anti-discrimination laws essential to school-based practice, beyond IDEA. Laurie will discuss when Section 504 is the appropriate route of service delivery. She will also contrast FERPA from HIPAA as they apply to schools. Attendees will learn with whom school and medical documentation can be shared and how. Laurie will help you focus your time on promoting your students' participation in their education, while remaining in compliance with these complex set of regulations.

Closed Captioned in English!

BONUS PRACTICAL TOOLKIT: Section 504, IDEA and ADA Chart Comparison; FERPA and HIPAA Chart Comparison

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Section 504, ADA, FERPA and HIPAA

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What therapists say about Laurie

She made legalese understandable!

- PT with 25 years of experience

Well explained/detailed. Especially the differences between FERPA and HIPAA.

- OT with 5 years of experience

This was an incredibly helpful course as we practice in a different telehealth setting currently!

- PT with 26 years of experience

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Ray, MPT, PhD has over 17 years of experience in school-based practice and is a state-level PT consultant for public schools. She is a co-author and co-publisher of, an evidence-based online resource for pediatric PTs, OTs, and SLPs. She also consults for Medicaid and Adapted Physical Education for her state and is an Associate Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. Laurie is the chair of the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapists’ School-based Special Interest Group.

AUDIENCE: OTs, PTs, OTAs, PTAs, SLPs and Educators



At the completion of the course, the learner is expected to:

  1. Identify 2 differences between IDEA and Section 504
  2. Determine 2 considerations for providing services under Section 504
  3. Determine 2 proactive strategies to comply with FERPA


  • Section 504 (and ADA) vs. IDEA
  • Application in School-based Practice
  • Post-test: 10-item multiple choice. 70% correct answers required to receive a certificate


1.5 continuing education hours of training are awarded to learners who complete this course.

  • Apply EBP, LLC is an approved provider of CEUs for PTs and PTAs in IL, NY; and for OTs and OTAs in IN, IL, NY, and AOTA (see imprimatur below for details).
  • This course has been approved for PTs and PTAs in AR and CA.
  • These OT state boards accept approval by AOTA, other state boards or associations: AL, AK, AR, DE, DC, FL, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OR, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WI and DC.
  • These PT state boards accept approval by other states boards or AOTA: AK, AZ, DE, HI, IN, KY, MI, MT, NC, ND, OR, PA, RI, TN, UT, VT, VA, WI, WY and DC.
  • These states do not require pre-approval of courses or have no CE requirements for OTs and OTAs: AZ, CA, CO, CT, GA, HI, ID, IA, KS, ME, MA, NE, NJ, UT, WA, WV and WY.
  • These states do not require pre-approval of courses or have no CE requirements for PTs and PTAs: AL, CO, CT, GA, IA, KS, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, and WA.
  • If you would like to obtain CEUs for another state, please email us.

Learners must watch the video and complete course requirements, including scoring 70% or higher in the post-test to receive a certificate. Five (5) post-test retakes are allowed; if you exceed this limit, please email us.

COURSE RECOMMENDATIONS: Expand your knowledge of regulations affecting school-based with these courses:


  • You will have access to this course for at least 60 days.
  • There is no cancellation once course is purchased. Please email us if you have any questions.
  • Apply EBP, LLC abide by all provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Apply EBP, LLC is committed to equal educational access for individuals with disabilities. Apply EBP, LLC does not discriminate against any individuals with disabilities from registering or attending any of our courses. We work closely with venues to ensure that facilities utilized are accessible. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact us via email or phone (646-269-9039) with requests for accommodations. Apply EBP, LLC will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations.