Section 504

  • Section 504 is part of a federal civil rights law known as the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  This law specifically prohibits discrimination against students with disabilities and guarantees them a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).  Discrimination, as defined in Section 504, is the failure to provide students with disabilities the same opportunity to benefit from education programs, services, or activities as provided to their non-disabled peers.  Therefore, schools cannot exclude students with disabilities from facilities, programs, benefits, activities, or services that are provided to students without disabilities. Schools must make sure that all students receive equal access to educational opportunities.


  • A school-aged student is a disabled student under Section 504 for purposes of FAPE if the student:

  • Who Can Refer a Student for a Section 504 Evaluation?

  • What Should a District Do When it Receives a Section 504 Referral?

  • What is an Evaluation Under Section 504? 

  • What are the procedures for filing a complaint?

  • What Due Process Rights Do Parents and Guardians Have Under Section 504?

  • Must Parents or Guardians Consent Prior to Initial Evaluations and Initial Placements Under Section 504? 

  • What is a Section 504 Team? 

  • What is a Section 504 Plan? 

  • How is Section 504 Enforced? 

  • Who Should Be on a Section 504 Team? 

  • Is the district responsible for providing services to students?