504 Overview

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the federal Rehabilitation Act require the school district ensure that no individual will be discriminated against based upon a disability. All students who do NOT qualify for an Individualized Education Program (IEP), may qualify for services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitatio Act.

Under Section 504, if the student:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of major life activities,

  • Has a record of a physical or mental impairment, OR

  • Is regarding as having a physical or mental impairment

It is the obligation of the school district to properly identify, evaluate, and place such children with disabilities. For children aged 3-21, a child with a disability could include a condition

resulting in some kind of developmental delay,or identification of one or more of the

following:

  • Autism

  • Deaf-Blindness

  • Hearing Impairment

  • Emotional Disability

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Orthopedic Disability

  • Other Health Impairment

  • Specific Learning Disability

  • Speech or Language Impairment

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Visual Impairment

  • Multiple Disabilities

  • Developmental Delay

Parents of students with a disability are also entitled to a copy of procedural safeguards once a year, as well as with the initial referral of a student, or request by a parent, for an evaluation or request for a due process hearing. Any questions regarding the proper identification, evaluation or placement of any such children may be directed to Dr. Lori Leppert and the Pupil Personnel Services Department at (708) 687-3334.