What is a 504 plan?
504 plans are formal plans that schools develop to give kids with disabilities the support they need. That covers any condition that limits daily activities in a major way.
These plans prevent discrimination. And they protect the rights of kids with disabilities in school. They’re covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. This is a civil rights law.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C.A. Section 794), says that no program or activity receiving federal money can discriminate against any qualified person with a disability. These regulations apply to all schools, including private schools, which receive or benefit from federal funds. Each school district is required to have a 504 officer.
Some students who do not qualify for IDEA services get Section 504 services. The 504 Plan ensures that the child who has a recognized disability receives accommodations that will enable them to participate equally in all activities and services at school, including school clubs, athletic programs, social activities,
transportation, health and counseling services, and vocational programs. If you think your child might be eligible for Section 504 services rather than IDEA services, ask to talk to your school district’s 504 officer.
NOT ALL DISABILITIES CAN BE SEEN – SIGNS YOUR CHILD MIGHT NEED A 504 PLAN OR IEP
These resources provide guidance and regulations related to services for students who are 504 eligible. This information is also available in the Students with Disabilities Library on the Louisiana Department of Education’s website.
- Section 504 Overview and the Individual Accommodations Plan – This is a training deck that is appropriate for use with both educators and parents
- Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP) Fillable Form – This is the form used to document a 504 eligible student’s plan for accommodations.
- U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Frequently Asked Questions – This website provides clarifications on the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.