Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability
What is Section 504?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights statute that protects persons with disabilities from discrimination. It states that:
“No otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall solely by reason of her or his disability be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) contains similar prohibitions against discrimination.
Under Section 504, school districts are required to make their programs and activities (including non-academic and extracurricular programs and activities) accessible to all individuals with disabilities and to provide students with disabilities a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”). A FAPE includes the provision of regular or special education, related aids and services, and other accommodations designed to meet the individual educational needs of the student.
Please note that Section 504 applies to all students with disabilities – including those students eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”). The attached information focuses on the process associated with identifying, evaluating, and serving the “Section 504-only student.”
If you have questions regarding Section 504 concerning students or members of the public, contact your school's Section 504 coordinator.
For additional questions call:
Special Education Department
Academy District 20