SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973
"No otherwise qualified individual with disabilities in the United States shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, as defined in section 706(8) of this title be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or under any program or activity conducted by any Executive agency or by the United States Postal Service." (29 U.S.C. Sec.794)
DETERMINATION OF ELIGIBILITY
To determine eligibility under Section 504 the committee must consider all the following questions:
- Does the learner have a physical or mental impairment?
- Does the physical or mental impairment affect one or more major life activities including major bodily functions?
- Does the physical or mental impairment substantially limit a major life activity? It is important to specifically identify what the substantial limitations are and how they impact learner performance and progress.
- Does the student require Section 504 services in order for his/her educational needs to be met as adequately as those of non-disabled peers?
§504 CHILD FIND NOTICE
Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the District has a duty to identify, refer, evaluate and if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to disabled students. For additional information about the rights of parents of eligible children, or for answers to any questions you might have about identification, evaluation and placement into Section 504 programs, please contact the District’s Section 504 Director, Jana Andrews at (903) 488-3671.