Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities: "no other qualified handicapped individual in the United States…shall solely by reason of his handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” The intent of Section 504 is to provide students with disabilities equal access to educational programs, services, and activities. Students with disabilities may not be denied participation in school programs and activities solely on the basis of disability.
- Appendices in the Idaho Special Education Manual (February 2007) Appendix 1A Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Appendix 1B The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Appendix 1C Comparison of the IDEA, Section 504, and the ADA
- Federal Office of Civil Rights (OCR) website Protecting Students With Disabilities: Frequently Asked Questions About Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities
- Joint School District No. 2 (Meridian) Policy 602.63 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
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