504 Frequent Questions
What is Section 504?
Section 504 is a federal law which ensures individuals with disabilities have the same access to education that individuals without disabilities have.
Who Qualifies Under Section 504?
A student who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more life activities (i.e. caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working or learning) is a disabled person for the purposes under Section 504.
Who to Talk to About Questions or Concerns for Section 504?
- Having ongoing communication between parents/guardians and teachers will help to avoid misunderstandings about the student's 504 plan.
- If a parent/guardian or teacher has a question or concern about a student’s 504 plan, they should contact the ESS.
Examples of Accommodations:
- A student with a wheel chair may require special seating.
- A student with significant attention issues may require monitoring of an assignment notebook or extra time for testing.
- A student with a hearing impairment may need an interpreter to sign in class.
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