Overview of 504 Accommodation Plans
A 504 Accommodation Plan is a legal document falling under the provisions of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 504 is a civil rights law which requires districts to provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) and reasonable accommodations to students who qualify with a disability. A 504 Accommodation Plan prohibits discrimination and assures that students with impairments and disabilities have equal access and educational opportunities and benefits as those afforded to their non-disabled peers. A 504 Accommodation Plan is designed to document and implement a program of instructional services, including general classroom accommodations, to assist students with impairments who are educated within the general education setting. The student must require accommodations, and/or related aids or services. It is only when a qualified student requires systematic and consistent implementation of accommodations in order to provide access that a 504 Accommodation Plan becomes necessary.
A student who is disabled or impaired under Sec. 504 is defined as someone who: (1) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a major life activity; (2) has a record of such an impairment; (3) is regarded as having such impairment.
The 504 Committee in each school determines eligibility, provides parents/guardians with their basic rights, oversees the successful implementation of the 504 Accommodation Plan, reviews the plan annually, and reassesses tri-annually. This committee may be developed on a student-by-student basis (one committee for each student with membership based upon the student's disability and required accommodations). The chairperson of the committee is the school principal or designee.
Last Modified on August 19, 2017