Section 504 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The law applies to public elementary and secondary schools and other federally funded institutions. Under Section 504, denying a disabled student a free appropriate public education constitutes disability discrimination.
How and when would a student qualify as a disabled student under Section 504?
A school-aged student is considered disabled under Section 504 if the student:
How does a student get referred for a Section 504 Evaluation?
Any person can refer a student for evaluation under Section 504. Parents, guardians, and school staff should refer a student for evaluation if they know or suspect that, due to a physical or mental impairment, a student needs accommodations to participate in or benefit from a district's education program.
What is a Section 504 plan?
A 504 plan is a written plan that describes the educational and related aids and services that a district determines a student needs to receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education. The content of a 504 plan may change within a school year or between school years as a student's needs and services change. For a student whose only disability is a life-threatening health condition, an individual health plan or nursing care plan may serve as the student's 504 plan. A district must provide the services identified in a student's 504 plan.
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