Student Support Services » Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Section 504 graphic
Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based on disability.

“No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States...shall solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or under any program or activity conducted by any Executive agency…”

Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute that mandates the needs of students with disabilities be met as adequately as the needs of their non-disabled peers.

A person who is eligible for protection under Section 504 is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life functions.

If it is determined that a student’s physical or mental impairment is preventing the student from accessing his or her education, appropriate accommodations may be provided. These accommodations must be based on evidence and evaluation data.

Parents who believe their child may be eligible under Section 504 should first contact their child’s teacher or school Section 504 coordinator.  If parents need further information they may contact the District 504 Coordinator.