Congress prohibited discrimination against persons with disabilities in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, in a segment most often referred to simply as ‘Section 504.” This was a broadly worded prohibition that covers both children and adults. It applies to programs that receive any federal financial assistance.
Section 504 prohibits discrimination against individuals whose physical or mental impairment substantially limits one or more major life activities, including: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, and learning.
The Section 504 regulations require a school district to provide a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE) to each qualified student with a disability who is in the school district's jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. Under Section 504, FAPE consists of the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services designed to meet the student's individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of nondisabled students are met.
Under Section 504, schools must afford students with disabilities equal opportunity.
- Many students, who fall within the Section 504 category, are medically involved, and the disability is temporary in nature.
- Section 504 accommodations are delivered and monitored through the Student Support Team.
Click here to download the: Notice of Rights of Students and Parents Under Section 504.
Please also click on the following link for more information regarding the:
Procedural Safeguards for Section 504.
For more information contact:
504 Coordinator, Department of Special Education
130 Trinity Avenue, S.W. | CLL Building
Atlanta, GA 30303-3624
Ph: 404.802.2702 | Fax: 404.802.1602