Section 504

A Section 504 plan can give you peace of mind and is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute that requires the needs of public school students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled students.  As defined by federal law: “An individual with a disability means any person who: (i) has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity; (ii) has a record of such an impairment; or (iii) is regarded as having such an impairment”. 

Having a disability doesn’t automatically make a student eligible for a 504 plan. First the school has to do an evaluation to decide if a child’s disability “substantially” limits his ability to learn and participate in the general education classroom.  This evaluation can be initiated by either the parent or the school. If the school initiates the evaluation, it must notify the parents and get the parents’ consent to evaluate a child for a 504 plan.

An impairment as used in Section 504 may include any disability, long-term illness, or various disorder that “substantially” reduces or lessens a student’s ability to access learning in the educational setting because of a learning, behavior or health related condition. Many students have conditions or disorders that are not readily apparent to others.  They may include conditions such as specific learning disabilities, diabetes, epilepsy and allergies.  Hidden disabilities such as low vision, poor hearing, heart disease or chronic illness may not be obvious, but if they substantially limit that child’s ability to receive an appropriate education as defined by Section 504, they may be considered to have an “impairment” under Section 504 standards.  As a result, these students, regardless of their intelligence, will be unable to fully demonstrate their ability or attain educational benefits equal to that of non-disabled students. 

If you have questions, please contact your Building Coordinator or the Special Services Office at 248.328.3170.

PDF DocumentHAS 504 Manual

PDF DocumentHAS Parent 504 Manual

504 Coordinators