Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

  • A 504 plan is under the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This is the part of the federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.  Individuals have right under section 504 from schools who receive federal funding.  

    Under the section 504 a school district must conduct an evaluation to determine if a child qualifies and to determine needed accommodations and modification.  Individuals qualify for a plan if they have a disability and have needs that impact major life functioning.

    Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act, a disability is defined as:  

    • Has a physical or mental impairment that “substantially” limits one or more major life activity (such as reading or concentrating).

    • Has a record of the impairment.

    • Is regarded as having an impairment, or a significant difficulty that isn’t temporary. For example, a broken leg isn’t an impairment, but a chronic condition, like a food allergy, might be.

    • A child on a health plan is covered under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.


    If you suspect that your child or a child in your care is in need of a 504 plan please contact the building principal, Melissa Bright (School Nurse) or Michelle Bethke-Kaliher  (Director of Student Support Services).