The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, commonly referred to as "Section 504", is a non-discrimination statute enacted by the United States Congress. One purpose of the Act is to prohibit discrimination and to assure that disabled students have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to non-disabled students.
An eligible student under Section 504 is a student who (a) currently has, or (b) has a record of having, or (c) is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a major life activity such as learning, self-care, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working or performing manual tasks.
Each campus has a 504 committee comprised of three or more persons knowledgeable of the student, the district's programs, the suspected disability and appropriate accommodations for it. The 504 committee will review evaluation information and determine eligibility for 504. The committee will develop an accommodation plan for idenitfied student if needed to provide the student access to participate in the curriculum.