Section 504 Plans

Section 504 Handbook

“Section 504” refers to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a federal law that requires any person or agency receiving federal money to have policies in place that prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities. Section 504 deals with a much more general concept of disability than is covered under IDEA/Special Education. A 504 Plan provides accommodations that allow the student to have access to the school and programs. This type of plan covers general access issues, specific diagnosed health concerns, and physical barriers. The plan also describes what the district will do to support the student’s disability and ensure that the disability will not preclude the student’s access to school programs.

Accommodations provided in a 504 refer to changes in instruction that enable children to demonstrate their abilities in the classroom or assessment setting. They are designed to provide equity, not advantage for children with a disability. Examples of accommodations might include assistive technology, alterations to presentation, response, scheduling, or setting. Accommodations when used appropriately reduce the effects of a child’s disability without reducing or lowering the standards and/or expectations for content.

Adapted from Flossmoor School District 161 Instructional Framework