Learn about 504 Plans

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Learn about 504 Plans

What is a 504 Plan?

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prevents discrimination based on disability. A 504 Plan is required when the impact of a diagnosed disability creates a substantial limitation on a major life activity, such as learning. Such a plan ‘levels the landscape’ for a child with a disability and provides "equal access" to education. For example, a 504 Plan may include accommodations such as extended time for tests and quizzes; movement breaks as needed; a hat when the child has returned to school after cancer treatment; a safe means to reach a second floor when a student relies upon a wheelchair for mobility. Any entity that accepts federal funding must comply with a Section 504.

Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504

Frequently Asked Questions About Section 504

A Fact Sheet on an Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504

A Parent’s Guide to Section 504 in Public Schools

Discrimination: Section 504 and ADA

Will my child qualify for a 504 Plan?

Under Section 504 a child is considered to have a disability if s/he has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

What do I do if I have a disagreement about my child’s 504 Plan?

In cases of disagreement:

  • Speak to the 504 Coordinator. There is one at every school system. Your school system’s Superintendent’s office will be able to direct you to your 504 Coordinator.
  • Call the Office of Civil Rights at 1-800-368-1019.

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