This important civil rights law can provide educational benefits to kids with learning disabilities in public schools. School districts do have the right and responsibility to establish their own policies and procedures for implementing Section 504.
This article attempts to answer basic questions pertaining to the implementation of Section 504 in public school systems.
K–12 schools and district entities receiving federal funding are required to take steps to ensure individuals with disabilities are provided with equal opportunities (accessibility and reasonable accommodations) in their programs and activities per the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504
Section 504 Regulations:
- The Reauthorized Rehabilitation Act of 1998, Amended Section 508 addresses the issue of electronic and information technology goods and services that are not fully accessible to all individuals with disabilities.
School and district entities receiving funding via the Federal E-Rate Program (E-Rate) must enforce a policy of Internet safety and certify compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) which requires Internet Safety Policy, Technology Protection Measures, and Public Notice (Hearing or Meeting).