Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal civil rights law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities. The law applies to all agencies that receive public federal funds, including public schools. This anti-discrimination law requires that school districts meet the educational needs of students with disabilities as adequately as nondisabled students.
To be protected under section 504, a student must be determined to:
- Have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
- Have a record of such impairment; or
- Be regarded as having such impairment. Non-discrimination requirements apply to all three categories.
For further information, please contact your building School Counselor or Principal.