Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving federal financial assistance. Section 504 defines a person with a disability as anyone who…….
Has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities such as caring for oneseself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, sleeping, standing, lifting, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, helping, eating, bending, or operation of a bodily function. (This is not an exhaustive list of major life activities, which means even if an activity or function is not listed it can, nonetheless, be a major life activity.)
The Washington County School District (WCSD) has the responsibility to provide accommodations and services to eligible individuals with disabilities. The WCSD acknowledges its responsibility under Section 504 to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability shall knowingly be permitted in any program or practice in the schools.
A student is entitled protection under the law to a Section 504 Accommodation Plan if they have been identified and the evaluation shows that the individual has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. This determination is made by a team of knowledgeable individuals. This usually involves the school principal, classroom teacher(s), and other educators working with the child, who are familiar with the student and his/her disability. Parents should also be included in the process.