• Struggling Students and 504

      With passage of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Congress required that federal fund recipients make their programs and activities accessible to all individuals with disabilities. "No qualified individual with disabilities, shall, solely by reason of her or his disability be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Section 504 protects persons from discrimination based upon their disability status.

    A person is disabled within the definition of Section 504 if he or she:
    1. has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities;
    2. has a record of such impairments; or
    3. is regarded as having such an impairment.

    "Major life activities" include functions such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. When a condition does not substantially limit a major life activity, the individual does not qualify under Section 504.

    Section 504 has three major areas of emphasis: employment practices, program accessibility, and requirements for preschool, elementary, and secondary education. Students who need support accessing the curriculum may receive a 504 accommodation plan that includes strategies to help the students be successful. A 504 accommodation plan may be utilized as an alternative to special education. If you have any questions concerning your child and the 504 process, please contact Dr. Richard E. Hasty at 296-3361.

    The 504 Coordinators are as follows. They may be reached at 296-3361.
    Jennifer Steckler, EdS.
    Dr. Stephanie Snell