Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (34 C.F.R. Part 104) is a federal civil rights statute that assures individuals will not be discriminated against based on their disability. All school districts that receive federal funding are responsible for the implementation of this law.
Section 504 protects a student with an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, whether the student receives special education services or not.
- Examples of physical or mental impairments that may be covered under Section 504 include: epilepsy, AIDS, allergies, vision impairment, broken limbs, cancer, diabetes, asthma, temporary condition due to accidents or illness, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, depression, intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Examples of major life activities that can be affected by the student’s disability include: learning, thinking, concentrating, reading, speaking, walking, breathing, sleeping, caring for oneself, as well as major bodily functions, including brain function, immune system function, or digestive functions. This is not an exhaustive list.
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has no enforcement authority for this law. The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) takes complaints regarding Section 504.
OCR Region Office for Minnesota:
U.S. Department of Education
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661
PSEO for 10th Graders with Disabilities to take Career and Technical Education (CTE) Courses
The Minnesota Department of Education has developed a policy entitled, Alternative Eligibility Options Policy for 10th-Grade Students with a Disability Who Wish to Participate in Career and Technical Education Classes through the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program, effective December 8, 2015. The policy, procedures, and a model modification request form can be found on our Postsecondary Enrollment Options page.
Model Form: Section 504 Student Referral Form - 2/2/15
Model Form: Parental Consent to Initial 504 Evaluation and Notice of Procedural Safeguards Form - 2/2/15
Model Form: Verification of Consent Form - 2/2/15
Model Form: Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Procedural Safeguards Form - 2/2/15
Model Form: Notice of Procedural Safeguards Form (Section 504) - 2/2/15
Model Form: Confirmation of Plan to Attend Section 504 Committee Meeting Form - 2/2/15
Model Form: Section 504 Student Checklist Form - 2/2/15
Model Form: Notice of Section 504 Committee Meeting Form - 2/2/15
Compliance Manual for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - 11/4/14
The Minnesota Department of Education, Division of Compliance and Monitoring, has developed this manual to provide technical assistance to districts and parents pertaining to students with disabilities and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Training: Section 504
This webinar series provides important background, legal requirements, best practices, and guidance on the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The presentation addresses important school district obligations and responsibilities, frequently asked questions, important case law, and how the ADA Amendments Act affects Section 504.
Section 504 Discussion Scenarios
These Section 504 case studies are based on Office for Civil Rights complaint decisions or guidance documents. They can be used as small group discussion tools or as additional training information for school staff.