SECTION 504 RESOURCES
Section 504 is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It is an anti-discrimination law that protects people with disabilities. Students might qualify for services under Section 504 if they have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning or working. These services fall under the regular education program.
IEP vs 504; What's the Difference?
Not all students who have disabilities require specialized instruction. For students with disabilities who do require specialized instruction, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) controls the procedural requirements, and an IEP is developed. The IDEA process is more involved than that of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and requires documentation of measurable growth. For students with disabilities who do not require specialized instruction but need the assurance that they will receive equal access to public education and services, a document is created to outline their specific accessibility requirements. Students with 504 Plans do not require specialized instruction, but, like the IEP, a 504 Plan should be updated annually to ensure that the student is receiving the most effective accommodations for his/her specific circumstance.
If you have any questions regarding 504's and IEP's please contact one of the following people:
Peter Kosko Ocampo Jennifer Currence
Assistant Director Internal Compliance Auditor