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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states that "no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that either receives Federal financial assistance or is conducted by any Executive agency or the United States Postal Service.”

Section 504 as it relates to education: If you have a child who does not qualify for special education but has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, including learning, that child may qualify for special help in a regular classroom setting under Section 504. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requires a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).  

Read the Law 
Section 504 and the ADA 
Section 504 Fact Sheet 

Articles:   

Section 504 Civil Rights of Students with Hidden Disabilities    
Frequently Asked Questions about Section 504 
Guide to Disability Rights Laws 
Key Differences Between Section 504, ADA, and IDEA 
Section 504 Accommodation Checklist 
Sample 504 Form 
Sample 504 plan for a Child with Diabetes     
Section 504 Plan Outline for Children with Food Allergies
Section 504 and Special Education    
The Rehabilitation Act: Outcomes for Transition-Age Youth
Understand Your Section 504 Rights 
Who is Eligible Under Section 504 but Not Under IDEA?

Websites: 

Office for Civil Rights    
Americans with Disabilities Act 

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: 

Websites must comply with Section 508 if they are receiving federal funds or are under contract with a federal agency. Commercial best practices include voluntary standards and guidelines such as the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). Voluntary accessibility checkers (engines) including "Bobby" and AccVerify, refer to Section 508 guidelines but have difficulty in accurately testing content for accessibility.

Articles/Information: 

Summary of Section 508 Standards
Federal Acquisition Regulations
Other Relevant Laws

Websites:  

Section 508.Gov 
U.S. General Services Administration Center for IT Accommodation
U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board 

Recursos en Español

 

 
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