Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law designed to protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination for reasons related to their disabilities. The Section 504 regulations require a school district, receiving Federal financial assistance, to provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to eligible students. The FAPE must meet the students individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of non-disabled students.
To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to: (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or (2) have a record of such an impairment, or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment.
Any student with a disability that substantially limits one or more life activities may be considered for 504 services.
If you suspect your child has a disability that requires intervention under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, please contact your child’s campus. If you have questions about this process, you can also contact the District 504 Coordinator, Joy Thompson, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 325-625-2156 x210.
Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools