All individuals who are disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are also considered to be disabled and, therefore, protected under Section 504. However, all individuals who have been determined to be disabled under Section 504 may not be disabled under IDEA.
The authority provided under Section 504 intersects with other statutes. Section 504 is not a provision of special education as defined by the IDEA. It is a responsibility of the general public education system. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 incorporates and expands upon Section 504. This title provides that no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in, or be denied, the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (2009) and further clarified in 2010, prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in all programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. An eligible student is one who:
· has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities;
· has a record or history of such impairment;
· is regarded as having such an impairment.
If you have questions about any of the federal programs, please contact Debbie Kneggs, Director of Federal, State and Local Programs, at 817.547.5784,or Debra.Kneggs@birdvilleschools.net