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Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

In compliance with state and federal guidelines regarding students with disabilities, the following notices are given for your information:

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a broad base civil rights law administered by the Office of Civil Rights which protects the rights of persons with disabilities.
  • The purpose of the Act and these procedures is to prohibit discrimination and to assure that disabled students have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to non-disabled students.
  • §504 provides that: “no otherwise qualified individual with handicaps in the United States…shall, solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance…” (29 U.S.C. 794)
  • Students may be referred by parents, teachers, counselors, administrators or any other district employee for evaluation to determine if they are disabled and in need of special instruction or services.
  • Should you, as a parent, suspect or have documentation that your child has a disability, please consult your campus coordinator for further §504information.
  • §504 of the Rehabilitation Act allows for reasonable accommodations and assistance as necessary for qualified students. To be protected under §504, a student must be determined to: (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or (2) have a record of such an impairment; or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment. The determination of whether a student has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity must be made on the basis of an individual inquiry.
  • For students who are determined to meet the criteria for §504 accommodations, the District will develop an individual service plan which will meet the educational needs of the student.

§504 Child Find Notice

  • Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the District has a duty to identify, refer, evaluate and if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to disabled students. For additional information about the rights of parents of eligible children, or for answers to any questions you might have about identification, evaluation and placement into Section 504 programs, please contact the District’s Section 504 Coordinator.

Aviso Sobre La Identificación de Estudiantes Incapacitados bajo la Seccion 504

  • Bajo la Seccion 504 del Decreto de Rehabilitación de 1973, el Distrito Escolar esta obligado a identificar, referir, evaluar, y proporcionar servicios educativos apropriados y gratuitos a estudiantes incapacitados que califican para recibir servicios bajo esta ley. Si usted desea mas información sobre los derechos de padres de niños incapacitados, o si tiene preguntas sobre la identificación, evaluación, y colocación de niños en el programa de Seccion 504, favor de ponerse in contacto con el Coordinador de 504.

Contacts:

Elementary West Counselor Dana Yount 903-663-8004 dyount@ndisd.org 

Elementary East/Middle School Counselor- Amanda Player 903-663-8000  aplayer@ndisd.org

Middle School/High School Assistant Principal Justin Verzosa 903-663-8001 jverzosa@ndisd.org

Director of Federal/State Programs Melissa Ryan 903-663-8000 x 219 mryan@ndisd.org

Links:

Office of Civil Rights Frequently Asked Questions

New Diana ISD Board Policy