Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
504 Fact Sheet from the Office for Civil Rights
Franklin Pierce Schools 504 Handbook, February 2013
A Brief Overview of Section 504
Congress enacted Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) to eliminate discrimination based upon a person's disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistant. The law states "No otherwise qualified individual with disabilities in the United States…. shall, solely by reason of his or her 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…"
As a recipient of federal funds, the Franklin Pierce School District is required to comply with Section 504's prohibition of discrimination against individuals because of their disabilities and to provide a free appropriate public education to each qualified disabled student within its jurisdiction. A student who qualifies as disabled under Section 504 is eligible for disability specific accommodations in the form of educational aids, benefits, or services designed to provide the student with an equal opportunity to obtain the same outcomes available to non-disabled students.
The District will take steps to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate educational services.
The purpose of this manual is to provide educators and parents with the information necessary to comply with Section 504's requirements and to assist each student in achieving an appropriate public education free from unlawful discrimination.