Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (“Section 504”) is a federal civil rights law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal funding. Section 504’s purpose is, among other things, to assure that students with disabilities have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to students without disabilities. Responsibilities of school districts and charter schools under Section 504 include Child Find, Evaluation, Free Appropriate Public Education (“FAPE”), Placement, and Procedural Safeguards. If a student is covered by Section 504, school districts and charter schools must provide FAPE, including accommodations and services as are necessary to ensure that the student has equal access to services, programs and activities offered by our schools.
The handout provided in the link below provides relevant information as to the requirements of and eligibility under Section 504.
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