Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law that protects the civil rights of persons with disabilities. The purpose of the Act is to prohibit discrimination and to assure that impaired students have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to non-impaired students.



Section 504 requires schools to:

  • Identify and notify qualified disabled students of their rights and procedural safeguards
  • Evaluate students to determine Section 504 eligibility
  • Provide appropriate classroom accommodations to eligible students
  • Meet the needs of eligible disabled students as adequately as the needs of non-disabled students
  • Provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE)
  • Afford eligible disabled students with equal opportunities to participate in extracurriculuar and nonacademic activities to the same extent as non-disabled students