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.
Will my child qualify for a 504 Plan?
Under Section 504 a child is considered to have a disability if he or she 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 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights at 1-800-368-1019.