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504 Plans

A 504 Plan provides supports for students with disabilities. The federal statute, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, defines someone with a disability as “any person who: (i) has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity; (ii) has a record of such an impairment; or (iii) is regarded as having such an impairment” [34 C.F.R. §104.3(j)(1)]. "Substantially limits" is key: A student with disability that does not impair his or her ability to participate fully the school environment is not eligible for a 504 plan. If you feel your student needs the accommodations a 504 plan provides, please complete the Section 504 Referral and submit it to Ms. Murphy.

Creating a 504 Plan is typically the cooperative effort of the student and family, administration, and faculty. We work together to put accommodations into place that will help students with disabilities experience school as fully as non-disabled peers. Accommodations vary depending on student need: Students with reading difficulties may be provided audio versions of assigned readings, a student with an attention disorder may receive non-verbal cues to help him/her focus, and a student with a behavior concern might receive an accommodation of preferential seating.