Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a broad base civil rights law administered by the Office of Civil Rights, which protects the rights of persons with disabilities. The purpose of the Act and these procedures is to prohibit discrimination and to assure that disabled students have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to non-disabled students.
Based on evaluation data gathered from a variety of sources, a Section 504 Committee will meet to answer the following questions to determine a student’s Section 504 eligibility:
- Does the student have a physical or mental impairment? This is an educational determination only, and not a medical diagnosis for purposes of treatment.
- Does the physical or mental impairment affect one or more major life activities?
- Does the physical or mental impairment substantially limit a major life activity?
- Does the student need Section 504 services in order for his/her educational needs to be met as adequately as those of non-disabled peers?
If all four questions are answered “Yes,” the student is eligible for a free, appropriate public education under Section 504, and an Accommodation Plan should be developed. If any answer is “No,” the student is not eligible for Section 504 services.
If you have questions concerning Section 504, please contact the Section 504 Coordinator at the campus your student attends or Shannon Thompson in the Department of Specialized Learning at 469-856-5089.