Section 504 Explanation
The purpose of this law is to provide equal and meaningful access for people with disabilities.
Section 504 refers to a section of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The purpose of this law is to provide equal and meaningful access for people with disabilities. A “person with a disability” as defined by Section 504 is any person who (i) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, (ii) has a record of such an impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having such an impairment. The basic premise as it applies to public schools: a student has an identified and documented disability, or suspected disability, which substantially limits a major life function (caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning or working) and requires reasonable accommodations in order to access education.