Protecting students from discrimination based on ability
What is Section 504?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, commonly called Section 504, is a federal law that protects students from discrimination based on disability. Section 504 ensures that students with disabilities have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to students without disabilities. To be eligible, a student must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.
Your child has the right to an evaluation before the school determines if he or she is eligible under Section 504. You have the right to:
Receive notice before the district takes any action regarding the identification, evaluation, and placement of your child.
Have evaluation and placement decisions made by a group of persons, often called a 504 team, including persons who know your child, the meaning of the evaluation information, and the placement options available.
Have evaluation decisions based on a variety of sources, such as aptitude and achievement tests, teacher recommendations, physical conditions, medical records, and parental observations.
Refuse consent for the initial evaluation and initial placement of your child.
If your child is eligible under Section 504, your child has a right to periodic re-evaluations, including re-evaluations before any significant change is made in your child’s placement.
If you disagree with the district’s decisions regarding your child’s identification, evaluation, educational program, or placement under Section 504, you may contact the Section 504 district coordinator.