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What Services Are Available Under Section 504


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs that receive money from the federal government. Typically, a school (including a charter school) satisfies the requirements under Section 504 by providing accommodations to the individual. For example, if the student with a disability has behavior problems, appropriate accommodations might include the use of a behavior chart and reward system, picture schedules, and Social Stories™, or if the student has difficulty taking notes in class, he or she may be allowed to tape record the class, use a computer to take notes, or may receive notes from the teacher. If the student needs specially designed instruction, then he or she child should qualify for an Individualized Education Program (IEP). If a student qualifies for an IEP, then they will not also need a 504 plan – any accommodations that are needed will be documented through the IEP. However, Section 504 protects all students with disabilities (those with 504 Plans as well as students with IEPs) from discrimination due to disability.

Additional Resources

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