Student Services

504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities and guarantees them a free and public education (FAPE). Students with a disability are to be provided the same opportunity to benefit from education programs, services, and activities as their nondisabled peers. This statute is regarding equal access to educational opportunities for students with medical or mental health impairments. 

Section 504 not only prohibits discrimination in providing educational services, but also prohibits discrimination in the form of harassment because of the disability and in the form of retaliation, intimidation, coercion, or threats for reporting discrimination based on an individual’s disability. Section 504 provides accommodations within the general education setting. It does not provide specialized educational services. 

In order to be eligible for Section 504 protections, a qualified individual must have (1) a physical or mental impairment (2) that substantially limits (3) a major life activity. All three criteria must be met. 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. 

If there is reason to believe because of a qualifying disability your child needs accommodations, please contact your child’s school. School 504 Coordinators are available in each school building.


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