Section 504

Section 504 is the part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which applies to persons with disabilities. It is a civil rights act that states that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability can be excluded from or denied benefits of any program receiving federal financial assistance. A person who qualities for a 504 plan has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more of a person’s major life activities. For an impairment to be substantially limiting, it must impede student access to a "large or considerable degree". This includes functions such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. At school "learning" is frequently identified as the area of difficulty. Referrals to consider eligibility for Section 504 accommodations should be made to the building 504 coordinator or principal.