About Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal civil rights law which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. It applies to any school which receives federal funds. The intent of this law is to provide students with disabilities equal access to educational programs, services, and activities. Students with disabilities may not be denied participation in school programs and activities solely on the basis of disability.
Puget Sound Educational Service District offers a guide for parents and educators to assist school districts in serving their students with disabilities in a way that assures a quality education that is in compliance with state and federal laws.
Revised in July 2010, the guide includes a parent and educator guide to FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) under Section 504, highlights of the major differences between Section 504 and the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), provides sample policies and procedures including forms, a detailed FAQ and sample accommodations.