Students who do not qualify for an IEP under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act may qualify for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the child
1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities,
2) has a record of physical or mental impairment, or
3) is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment.
All children with disabilities have the right to a free appropriate public education. If you have concerns about your child and believe that he/she has a disability that may require Section 504 Plan accommodations for special education services, please contact your child’s school administrator to begin the referral process.
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Here are answers to frequently asked questions about Section 504 accommodations.
This FAQ is based on background information taken from the Illinois State Board of Education's website.
- What is Section 504?
- What educational right does Section 504 establish for students?
- Who qualifies under Section 504?
- What are some examples of "major life activities"?
- What are some examples of impairments that may substantially limit major life activities?
- Must a disability be permanent to be covered under Section 504?
- Does the use of "mitigating measures" disqualify a student?
- What must school districts do to be in compliance with Section 504?
- How is Section 504 compliance enforced?
- Where can I find District 401's formal policy regarding Section 504?
- Whom should I contact in District 401 if I have additional questions?