Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of their non-disabled peers.
To be eligible for Section 504, a student must have a physical or mental disability that substantially limits a major life activity. Section 504 eligible students may receive accommodations in the general education program. Students with 504 eligibility and plans are provided a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) and have procedural safeguards under the law.
Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provides the right to an impartial due process hearing if a parent wishes to contest any action of the school system with regard to a child’s identification, evaluation, and placement under Section 504. If a parent/guardian requests a Section 504 hearing, the parent/guardian has the right to personally participate and to be represented at the hearing by an attorney or advocate at the parent’s expense. Contested actions or omissions that are appropriate for a Section 504 hearing should involve identification, evaluation, or placement issues involving a child who has or is believed to have a disability.
Collierville Schools Policy for Section 504 and ADA Grievance Procedures 1.802
Please see the following document for more guidance with the Section 504 process.
Collierville Schools 504 District Coordinator: Nancy Kelley firstname.lastname@example.org