Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Education (USDE). Section 504 covers qualified students with disabilities who attend public schools. To be protected under Section 504, a student must be 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. Section 504 requires that school districts provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
- Section 504 Brochure (PDF)
- USDE Parent/Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
- IEP & Section 504 Guidance for WV Schools and Districts
- Dear Colleague Letter and Resource Guide on Students with ADHD
- USDA Policy Memo on Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the School Meal Program (September 27, 2016)
- USDA Accommodating Disabilities in the School Meal Programs Guidance and Questions and Answers (April 25, 2017)
- USDA Civil Rights Division PowerPoint on Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in School Meal Programs (April 6, 2017)