|Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled are met. Section 504 states that: “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, as defined in section 706(8) of this title, shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…”
| A child is eligible for services under Section 504 if he/she has a record of having, or is regarded as having, a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as: caring for oneself, hearing, working, seeing, performing manual tasks, breathing, walking, speaking or learning. Assessment and identification of students qualifying under 504 is completed at the child’s school by the campus 504 Committee. Information from a variety of sources is considered, including aptitude and achievement tests, teacher recommendation, physical condition, social and cultural background, adaptive anecdotal reports, and TAKS scores.