Introduction to Section 504
Section 504 is a provision of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination. Originally written to prevent employment discrimination, it applies to the educational setting as well. The Act was amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (Amendments Act) - those changes (see list at right) were effective January 1, 2009.
The core of Section 504 is this statement: No otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
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The information contained in this site was compiled by Diane M. Block and Hans A. Stevens to help inform the Alpena Public Schools community.
Changes to Section 504 in the Amendments Act