Section 504

 504 is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination of students on the bases of a handicapping condition. Section 504 is different from the Exceptional Children’s Program in that the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) has a defined list of disabilities that may qualify under IDEA. Section 504 is much broader in that it has no list. Each potentially qualifying disability much be assessed individually. A student qualifying to be served by Section 504 is one that has:

  1. a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities,
  2. a record of such impairment, or
  3. is regarded as having such an impairment