Education Accommodations Under Section 504
Content Provided by: United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Indiana
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) applies only to students with disabilities who need special education services. Special education services are defined as special education and related services necessary to give the child a free, appropriate education. For some children with disabilities, their disability is not severe enough to qualify them for special education – but they still require some accommodations.
Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act covers accommodations needed by students who have disabilities but who don’t need special education. It applies not only to public schools but also to any program/school that receives federal financial assistance. The law requires that public schools provide qualified students with disabilities the reasonable accommodations necessary so they get an education comparable to the education of students without disabilities.
Examples of accommodations include:
Just like an IEP, an accommodation plan under Section 504 must be developed by a team of school professionals and the child’s parents. If the parents disagree with the plan, they have the right to request mediation or a due process hearing.
A student is covered under Section 504 if he or she:
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