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504 Plan

Section 504 is a federal law that prohibits disability discrimination by recipents of federal assistance. All public schools and school districts, as well as all public charter schools and magnet schools, that receive federal financial assistance must comply with Section 504.
A 504 Plan is a blueprint for how the school will support a student with a disability and remove barriers to learning. The goal is to give the student equal access at school.


How is an individual with a disability defined under Section 504?
Under section 504, an individual with a disability is defined as a person who:
  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity
  • Has a record of such impairment
  • Is regarded as having such an impairment
What is the difference between a 504 Plan and an IEP?
504 plans give students with disabilities or medical concerns the access they need to be successful in school. Both plans provide for accommodations, but only an IEP provides for specialized instruction for students in grades K–12. If the disability is not connected to a need for specialized instruction the student would qualify for a 504, not an IEP.