What are they?
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 commonly referred to as ‘Section 504’ or ‘§504,’ is a nondiscrimination statute enacted by the United States Congress. The purpose of the Act is to prohibit discrimination and to assure that disabled students have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to non-disabled students.
A 504 Plan is written for those students who are determined eligible by the District 504 Team. It states accommodations necessary to allow a student with disabilities to have access to an education that is comparable to the education received by nondisabled students (FAPE).
You may also contact any attendance center or the district administration center for a hard copy. Although Section 504 is a federal mandate, the forms and process for identification are individualized by each school district.
Anyone (student, parent, teacher, etc.) may begin the process for evaluating the need for a 504. The completed packet is reviewed by the District 504 team to determine eligibility.