School District of Superior

Section 504

Superior 504 Guidance Handbook

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights statute that provides protection from discrimination for individuals with disabilities. Under this statute, all school districts receiving federal financial assistance must provide appropriate educational services designed to meet the individual needs of these students to the same extent that the needs of students without disabilities are met. Provisions of Section 504 that are of particular relevance to school districts include:

  • A functional definition of who qualifies as disabled;
  • The provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE),
  • Evaluation and placement procedures,
  • Procedural safeguards.

Section 504 is enforced by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the Department of Education and does not  convey any funding. Section 504 requires that: “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the  United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation  in,  be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . . ” (29 U.S.C. Sec. 794)