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CMCSS Hosts Family Session “Understanding IDEA and Section 504”

October 31, 2023

The CMCSS Special Populations Department will host a series of family engagement sessions to build an understanding of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The first session, “Understanding IDEA and Section 504,” will focus on several topics to allow parents and caregivers to learn and ask questions.

Families can choose from one of two meeting dates. On Monday, November 27, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., CMCSS Special Populations Department representatives will meet in person with families at Central Services South (1312 Highway 48). Snacks and drinks will be provided.

On Wednesday, November 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., families can attend a virtual session over Zoom.

Click here to access the Zoom meeting link. This meeting link will not be live until November 29.

CMCSS Special Populations is partnering with The Arc TN to offer the Family Engagement Series. The mission of The Arc Tennessee is to “empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to actively participate in the community throughout their lifetime.” Learn more about the non-profit organization here.

The November 27 and 29 meetings will discuss an overview of Section 504 and IDEA as a whole group. Then, parents and caregivers can choose to attend a breakout session of their choice. Topics include:

  • Family Engagement Project services offered with The Arc TN
  • Individual Education Plan (IEP) Basics
  • Section 504 Plan Basics
  • Transition Ages 14-21
  • ILP-D and students with disabilities

Future meeting dates and topics will be announced soon. While an RSVP is encouraged, it is not required to attend. You can RSVP via the Google form here.