SECTION 504 SERVICES
WHAT IS SECTION 504?
Section 504 is part of a long-standing federal civil rights law that guarantees certain protections to people with disabilities.
WHO DOES SECTION 504 PROTECT?
Section 504 protects people with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, such as caring for one's self, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, performing manual tasks, and learning. To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to:
- have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or
- have a record of such an impairment, or
- be regarded as having such an impairment.
The determination of whether a student has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity must be made on the basis of an individual inquiry.
WHAT DOES SECTION 504 REQUIRE SCHOOLS TO DO?
- Provide a plan for accommodation, periodic review and re-evaluation to meet the student's individual needs.
- Give notice to parents regarding the identification, evaluation and/or placement for their child.
WHAT DOES A 504 PLAN INCLUDE?
It includes the accommodations and services that the individual student needs. The plan makes sure that the student has equal access to learning to the same extent as non-disabled students.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES:
Parent & Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
Section 504 Fact Sheet for Parents
504 CHILD FIND NOTICE
Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the District has a duty to identify, refer, evaluate, and if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to disabled students. For additional information about the rights of parents of eligible children, or for answers to any questions you might have about identification, evaluation, and placement into Section 504 programs, please contact: