Section 504 Plans in Private Schools

Instructor: Abigail Cook
Parents of children with disabilities often do not realize that many private schools are required to consider all students equally when it comes to admissions and instruction. Read on to learn how Section 504 pertains to private schools.

Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states that programs receiving federal funds may not discriminate against individuals with disabilities who are otherwise qualified. The term disability has a specific meaning and definition written specifically for this law. A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment, which significantly impacts a major life activity. Major life activities include caring for oneself, walking, seeing, breathing, hearing, thinking, speaking, sitting, interacting with others, learning, and working. A few examples of challenges that warrant protection under 504 include allergies, ADHD, hearing impairments, obesity, diabetes, or learning disabilities.

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