504 FAQs

What is it?
Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.

Section 504 covers qualified students with disabilities who attend schools receiving Federal financial assistance. To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to:
[ 1 ] have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
[ 2 ] have a record of such an impairment; or
[ 3 ] be regarded as having such an impairment.

School's Responsibilities
Section 504 requires that school districts provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, regardless of the nature or severity of the person's disability.