Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against students on the basis of their disability. The United States Department of Education has issued revisions to the requirements of Section 504 with emphasis on procedural safeguards and other protections that would prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities, effective March, 2011.
The Wayne RESA Section 504 Toolkit was developed to provide schools with information, sample forms, and suggestions for the implementation of Section 504 procedural safeguards and protections for eligible students. The toolkit includes a section that describes requirements and recommendations for appropriate decisions. There is a sample forms section that schools may adopt to ensure proper notice to parents and documentation of their procedures. There is a Tip section that includes information on a variety of tips for addressing assistive technology, behavioral management issues, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, School Refusal, and Bipolar Mood Disorder. A section is dedicated to the development of plans for the management of medication and commonly occurring health issues that require a Section 504 plan.
The entire toolkit may be downloaded and adapted for district uses.
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education is issuing an ADA Amendments Act of 2008 Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Document. These guidance documents discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in the context of students with disabilities attending public elementary and secondary schools.
For a copy of the DCL and FAQ, please visit: