Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 504 is a federal law that requires public schools to make adjustments so that students with disabilities have equal
opportunities to reach the same level of achievement as other students who do not have disabilities. To be eligible for
services under Section 504, a student must be determined, as a result of an evaluation, to have a physical or mental impairment
that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
If the 504 team determines that a student is eligible, the 504 team develops an individual accommodation 504 plan. The
504 plan explains how the student's needs will be met while at school. The 504 plan typically includes any accommodations that
the student may need in order to make progress in each of his/her courses. While Section 504 does not guarantee success for
students with disabilities, it does provide for equal opportunity for success through a free appropriate public education.
Director of Exceptional Children