For many educators, understanding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 remains difficult and raises several questions, such as:
- What is the practical intent of this law?
- Are Section 504 accommodation plans simply “light” IEPs? How can this law ― passed in the waning days of the Vietnam War ― apply to public school students and employees today, when the original meaning of the law was to protect disabled veterans returning from the conflict?
- Is a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) related to Section 504?
- Are the rights of special education and Section 504-eligible students different?
- How is Section 504 different from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), when these laws use the same terms, but appear to impose different requirements on schools?
- How is a Section 504 plan different from an IEP?
- Do they have different goals, different criteria?
- How do you decide which is appropriate in a given situation?
- Are your 504 eligibility determinations and plans compliant? How can you be sure?
John Comegno, education attorney, provides answers to these questions and other concepts of Section 504 in a series of videos below. Watch now.