"The future depends on what we do in the present." - Mahatma Gandhi
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. This law is about ensuring that the student is able to access his/her educational program.
Students with disabilities that substantially limit a major life activity such as learning, working, hearing, speaking, etc. may require an individual accommodation plan or specific services to ensure access to education and school sponsored activities. Section 504 is not special education.
The Civil Rights legislation can be found here: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/rights/reg/ocr/edlite-34cfr104.html
Vermont's Guide to 504 (2.6 MB file) can be found here: http://education.vermont.gov/documents/educ_sped_laws_504_guide.pdf
Vermont Family Network Guide: http://www.vermontfamilynetwork.org/i-need-help-with/special-education/section-504-plan/
Kids Legal Website- http://www.kidslegal.org/section-504-what-does-it-mean
Disability is not Eligibility:
The following OESU personnel provide leadership and planning for 504 plans: