• What is Section 504?

    Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. Section 504 is a civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled are met. Students may be eligible to recieve accommodations under Section 504 if they have a qualifying disability.

    504 Plan or IEP?

    The 504 Plan is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability receives accommodations that will ensure equal access to the learning environment.

    The Individualized Educational Program (IEP) is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability receives specialized instruction and related services.

    The Difference:

    Not all students with disabilities qualify for Special Education Services. In order to qualify for Special Education, a student must require specialized intstruction and related services.  

    Those students with disabilities who do not qualify for Special Education may still be eligible to receive accommodations under a 504 Plan if they have a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

    504 Plan Accommodations

    There are many types of accommodations that may be provided through a 504 Plan. Some examples include:

    • Preferential Seating
    • Extended Testing Time
    • Large-Print Materials
    • Access to Assistive Technology 
    • Small Group Testing
    • Typed Responses
    • Oral/Typed Instructions
    • Allow Frequent Breaks