Section 504 Plans

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
Telephone: 312-730-1560
Fax: 312-730-1576


What's New?

Title IX 
The United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, has developed a one page document setting out the Title IX rule changes related to posting requirements that will take effect on August 14, 2020. (added 7/30/2020)

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.