Section 504 is a federal law, which protects the rights of persons with qualifying disabilities. It requires that recipients of federal funds make their programs and activities accessible to all persons with disabilities.
There has been much confusion over the years regarding the relationship between Section 504 and special education laws and regulations. It must be emphasized that Section 504 falls under the responsibility of the general education program. The school staff and parents need to work in collaboration to help guarantee that the student is provided the necessary accommodations and/or services.
It is important to keep in mind that some students who have disabilities that limit their ability to access and participate in the education program are entitled to rights under Section 504, even though they may not fall into IDEA categories and may not be covered by special education law. It is also important to understand that schools receive no additional funding to implement Section 504 accommodations. At each school, the responsibility for ensuring Section 504 compliance rests with the building principal or principal designee.
For more information on Section 504 see documents below.