Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against handicapped persons by organizations receiving federal assistance. Included in the regulation is the requirement that handicapped students be provided with a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE). These regulations require identification, evaluation, provision of appropriate service, and procedural safeguards in all public schools. Individuals who have been determined to be handicapped under Section 504 may or may not be disabled under special education (IDEA).
Section 504 services could apply to any school age child who has had a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a major life activity. Major life activities include walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, caring for oneself and performing manual tasks.
Parents who have concerns or questions regarding 504 services should contact their child’s counselor or building principal.