What is Section 504?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States...shall solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance... ."
Section 504 is a federal civil rights law that is designed to eliminate discrimination against individuals with disabilities. It applies to any school which receives federal funds. The intent is to provide students with disabilities equal access to educational programs, services, and activities. Students with disabilities may not be denied participation in school programs and activities solely on the basis of disability. Students who meet the definition of a person with a disability under Section 504 are those who:
- have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities;
- have a record of such an
- are regarded as having such an impairment.
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