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504 Plan Information

Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, 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.

Section 504 covers eligible students with disabilities for reasonable accommodations that enable them to work or learn. A team knowledgeable of the student determines if the individual meets eligibility criteria.

A person may be considered disabled under the definition of section 504 if the individual:

  1. Has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities.
  2. Has a record of such an impairment or
  3. Is regarded as having such an impairment

Major life activities include walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, caring for oneself, and performing manual tasks. Impairment need only substantially limit one major life activity to be considered a disability under Section 504.