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SECTION 504 Program Purpose

What is Section 504?
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.

Who qualifies under Section 504?
To be covered under Section 504, a student must be “qualified” (which roughly equates to being between 3 and 22 years of age, depending on the program, as well as state and federal law, and must have a disability) [34 C.F.R. §104.3(k)(2)].

As defined by federal law: “An individual with a disability means any person who:

  •         Has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life


  •         Has a record of such an impairment; or 

  •         Is regarded as having such an impairment” [34 C.F.R. §104.3(j)(1)]

Education for all children with disabilities

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that the Valley View Independent School District not discriminate on the basis of disability in any District program or activity. The district will identify, evaluate, and provide an appropriate public education to students who are disabled under Section 504, including homeless children.

Educación para todos los niños con discapacidades

La Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, y la Ley de Americanos con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) requieren que el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Valley View no discrimine en base a discapacidad en cualquier programa o actividad del Distrito. El Distrito identificará, evaluará y proporcionará una educación pública apropiada para los estudiantes con discapacidad, de acuerdo con la Sección 504, incluyendo a los niños sin hogar.