Section 504 Students of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, districts are required to annually "identify and locate" every qualified handicapped child residing in the district's jurisdiction who is not receiving a public education, including preschoolers, homeless and those attending private school.
The White Hall School District's Child Find Campaign informs parents of disabled children about available services and how to access those services. The district utilizes newspaper articles, brochures, flyers, posters and letters to inform its patrons of the Child Find process.
Section 504 is a civil rights law that protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance for the U.S. Department of Education.
A child is a “qualified disabled person” under Section 504 if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as: caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment; and is between the ages of birth to 21 years old. To become eligible for services and protection against discrimination on the basis of disability under Section 504, a student must be determined, as a result of an evaluation, to have a “physical or mental impairment” that “substantially limits one or more major life activities.
A building committee consisting of the district 504 coordinator, building principal, classroom teachers, school counselor, school nurse, and a special education representative determines the eligibility of referred students.
The White Hall School District must make available services to all eligible children with disabilities who reside within the district. The district is obligated under Section 504 to:
- Identify and notify qualified students with disabilities of their rights.
- Evaluate students to determine eligibility
- Meet the needs of eligible students with disabilities as adequately as the needs of non-disabled students is met. (FAPE)
- Provide the parents of each eligible student with the required procedural safeguards.
These services must be provided in the least restrictive setting. A “qualified disabled person” under Section 504 is eligible if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working), has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment; and is between the ages of birth to 21 years old.
Section 504 Placement
The following process is used to determine eligibility and proper placement of Section 504 students:
|Parent/Guardian Permission to Evaluate|
|Parent/Guardian Rights and Responsibilities|
|Section 504 Building Team Review the following: pre-referral packet, referral, student's cumulative file, and other pertinent information.|
|Consultation with teachers, parents/guardians, peers, professionals and/or the student.|
|Determination of handicap/disability which limits one or more major life activity.|
|Section 504 Eligibility|
|Develop Accommodation Plan|
|Include Parents, Teachers, and other individuals knowledgeable about the student.|
|Parent/Guardian Section 504 Parent's Rights Packet.|
|Accommodation Plan Given to Parent/Guardian|
|Student's Section 504 Documentation Folder.|
|Parents/Teachers Receives & Reviews Accommodation PlanParents Receive Procedural Safeguards|
Section 504 Coordinator