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U.S. Department of Education Releases Parent & Educator Guide on Section 504 in Public Elementary & Secondary Schools

The Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") within the U.S. Department of Education recently released several guidance documents, including a Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools ("Resource Guide to Section 504").

Section 504 provides a broad spectrum of protections against discrimination on the basis of disability. For example, all qualified elementary and secondary public school students who meet the definition of an individual with a disability under Section 504 are entitled to receive regular or special education and related aids and services that are designed to meet their individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of students without disabilities are met.

Specifically, this resource guide:

  • Highlights key requirements of Section 504 in the area of public elementary and secondary education, including available services and complaint procedures;
  • Explains how Section 504 applies in various hypothetical situations within public elementary and secondary schools; and
  • Discusses two other Federal laws that address the rights of students with disabilities:
  • (1) Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II); and
  • (2) Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Visit the Pacific ADA website for further information or contact us at 1-800-949-4232.

Source: U.S. Department of Education