Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (commonly referred to as Section 504) prohibits discrimination against students on the basis of disability.
Section 504 is designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Section 504 provides: "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, 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 . . . ."
The Section 504 regulations require a school district to provide a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE) to each qualified student with a disability who is in the school district's jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. Under Section 504, FAPE consists of the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services designed to meet the student's individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of nondisabled students are met. -Office for Civil Rights
The manual listed below contains information, guidelines, procedures, and forms to achieve compliance with Section 504 with respect to the education of the District's students, in a manner consistent with the District's non-discrimination policies.
Section 504 Manual - This manual contains information, guidelines, & procedures to achieve compliance with Section 504.
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