What is Section 504?
- Section 504 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.
- Section 504 ensures that a child with a disability has equal access to an education.
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)
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA)
The ADAAA made a number of significant changes to the definition of “disability” under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
All children with disabilities in Texas, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services, must be identified, located, and evaluated, and if determined eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to disabled students. This is called “Child Find.” Child Find is a federal mandate under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504).
For information about Section 504, contact your student’s counselor or campus administrator.
Additionally, you may contact the District Section 504 and ADA Designee: