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Section 504


Section 504 is a provision of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. SECTION 504 is a civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled are met. 

The Referral Process

The LEA’s duty to evaluate a student for Section 504 protections is triggered by the suspicion that the student has a disability that substantially limits a major life activity. Referrals can be made by families or LEA staff. Examples of circumstances in which referral requests may be made include:

 The student has a chronic medical condition that is not covered by the IDEA.

 The student has one of the disabilities identified in the IDEA, but is not eligible for special education and related services because the student does not need specially designed instruction.

 The student has a “hidden disability,” such as low vision, poor hearing, heart disease, or a chronic illness, such as diabetes.

 Families have received an outside evaluation and are requesting Section 504 protections and/or accommodations.

Section 504 Resource Guide

504 Procedural Safeguards