Section 504 Disability
Section 504 is the part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which protects qualified individuals with disabilities. Section 504 is part of a civil rights act which protects the civil and constitutional rights of persons with disabilities, regardlessof age. Section 504 and special education are separate and apply to similar populations. Special Education services fall under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) and are eligible to qualifying students through graduation or age 21.
A person qualifies for a 504 plan if he or she has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more of a person's major life activities and the impairment must impact the child's education. Major life activities include caring for one's self, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. When a condition does not substantially limit a major life activity, then the individual does not qualify under Section 504.
Students who do qualify for Section 504 may receive services and accommodations to assist them in their educational advancement. Possible services might include: Resource Room, related services, and/or test accommodations.
If you believe your child qualifies for a 504 Accommodations Plan, please contact your building principal to discuss your concerns.