Section 504

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What Is Section 504?

Cherita Blankenship

504/Dyslexia Coordinator

The Importance of a Section 504 Plan

If your child needs extra help or accommodations at school, you might be able get help through a Section 504 plan. A Section 504 plan helps your child get accommodations (changes in how content is taught, supported, or tested) that will help them participate in the classroom or other school activities. Children might receive 504 services for many reasons. A few examples of 504 accommodations include: getting extra time on a test; sitting at the front of the class to reduce distractions; having a handrail or ramp installed in the school; having a test read to them; and classroom changes to manage food allergies.

Section 504 uses a very broad definition of the word “disability.” So students who are approved to get more extensive special education services covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) can also get 504 services. Other students who do not need – or are not approved to get – special education services may also be able to get 504 services.

Who Can Get 504 Services?

Section 504 doesn’t cover or list specific diagnoses. Instead, it defines a disability as something that “greatly limits one or more major life activities.” Examples of major life activities include learning, reading, writing, concentrating, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, interacting with others, and working.

Children usually get services under Section 504 when:

Your adult child can continue to receive Section 504 accommodations if they are attending a college or university that gets federal funds. You or your child can check with the Section 504 representative to learn more.

How Does My Child Get Section 504 Services?

If your child’s teachers see a reason for a 504 evaluation, the school doesn’t need your permission. They just need to let you know that they are doing the evaluation and its results.

You can also ask for a Section 504 evaluation for your child. To get one, write to your school district’s 504 contact person. You can call your child’s school to find out who this person is.

In some school districts, you can also ask the school counselor for this evaluation. Here is a sample 504 request letter from the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund website.

If your child is approved for 504 services, your child’s school will work with you to create a 504 plan for your child. This plan is similar to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and is specific to your child’s needs.

What Services Are Available Under Section 504?

Accommodations and modifications under Section 504 include many different things, and we’ve listed some examples below.

Examples of accommodations are: