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Section 504

December 07, 2023


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights statute which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. Section 504 regulations require school districts to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to eligible students in order to meet the students’ educational needs.

Section 504 protects qualified students determined to: (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or (2) have a record of such an impairment; or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment.


ESC 2 offers trainings and technical assistance to address the needs of Section 504 coordinators and stakeholders, including disseminating information and updates regarding Section 504.

Useful Links

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

TEA Section 504 Information

Guide to School Health Services


Lee LaValle M.Ed., LDT, CALT, Special Education Specialist •

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