Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, is a civil rights statute which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. This statute is enforced by the Office for Civil Rights. Under Section 504, denying a student with a disability a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) constitutes disability discrimination.
Section 504 covers students with diagnosed, certified, or classified impairments, who attend public and some private schools. A student is “disabled” under the Section 504 regulations if the student meets any one of the three prongs of eligibility listed:
Have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity (or bodily function), or
Have a record of such impairment, or
Be regarded as having such impairment
For questions concerning Section 504, contact:
Sandra Hester-West – 504 Coordinator