What is 504?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (2009) and further clarified in 2010, prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in all programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. An eligible student is one who:
- Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities;
- Has record or history of such impairment;
- Is regarded as having such an impairment.
Referral Process and Response to Intervention:
Each campus has a Child Study Team (CST) that identifies students with needs and matches them with appropriate services before the pattern of failure becomes entrenched. This team consists of informed individuals who collaborate to determine appropriate strategies to meet student needs. (Child Study System)
Response to Intervention (or RtI) is a 3-Tier prevention, early identification and intervention strategy/process provided in the general education setting. The campus facilitates the Response to Intervention process.
Students who should be considered for the Referral for 504 services:
Support through 504 may be considered when a student :
- Produces data that indicates non-response to Tier 1 (core instruction)and Tier 2 (small group strategic intervention) in any area of development, including physical, emotional and mental deficits (Child Find).
- Is evaluated and qualifies for Dyslexia or another related disorder under the State Dyslexia Mandate.
- Provides documentation from a licensed physician or other qualified professional of a chronic medical/health or psychological condition or is determines to have such a condition by someone who works closely with the student (teacher, administrator, parent).
- Parents of students with known physical and mental impairment should be offered the possibility of 504 Services for their child.
The determination of whether an impairment substantially limits a major life activity shall be made without regard to the ameliorative effects of mitigating measures such as medication, medical supplies, equipment, or appliances, low vision devised (which do not include ordinary eyeglasses or contact lenses), prosthetics, including limbs ad devises, hearing aids and cochlear implants or other implantable hearing devices, mobility devices, or oxygen therapy equipment and supplies; use of assistive technology; reasonable accommodations or auxiliary aids or services.
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- ACT: Test Accommodations Services for Examinees
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