Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of of 1973
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (34 C.F.R. Part 104), commonly known as Section 504, is a federal civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Section 504 is a Civil Rights Law, not an education law.
“No otherwise qualified individual with disabilities in the United States… shall solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance (34 C.F.R. Part 104).”
Section 504 establishes a student’s right to full access and participation in education and all school-related activities and requires schools to provide appropriate related services and aids to meet the individual needs of qualified students. The statute requires that students with disabilities receive an education equivalent in quality to the education of students without a disability at no expense to the parent or guardian. This requirement is known as a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Section 504 sets minimum standards for providing services to students with disabilities that substantially limits a major life activity. Section 504 applies to elementary and secondary schools, preschool and adult education. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which is a component of the U.S. Department of Education, enforces Section 504.
Rogers Public Schools ensures that students with disabilities are not discriminated against as a result of a disability. The district abides by the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In compliance with Section 504 and the ADA, Rogers Public Schools agrees to provide students covered under these acts with a free appropriate public education (FAPE).