What is Section 504?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is enforced by the Office of Civil Rights under the guidelines of the Department of Education. This legislation protects the civil constitutional rights of students with disabilities, including the right to full participation and access to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). It prohibits schools that receive federal funds from discrimination against otherwise qualified students solely on the basis of disability.
Students must have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities or bodily functions; have a record of such impairment; or be regarded as having such an impairment.
Students can be referred for Section 504 evaluation by teachers, administrators, and/or parents or guardians. Parents will receive notice of the referral and must provide written consent before a Section 504 evaluation can be conducted.
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