Section 504 Services
Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. It 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. Section 504 ensures that the child with a disability has equal access to an education and may receive accommodations and/or modifications.
Unlike the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 does not require schools to provide an individualized educational program (IEP) that is designed to meet the child’s unique needs and provides the child with educational benefit. Fewer procedural safeguards are available for disabled children and their parents under Section 504 than under IDEA.
For a student to qualified for Section 504 services, he/she must:
- Have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits
one or more major life activity
- Have a record of such impairment, or
- Is regarded as having such an impairment
Coordinator of Testing, 504 & Counseling
Texarkana, Texas 75503