The federal Government developed section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as a way to address the many disabilities not covered under IDEA. Section 504 is a far-reaching law that extends protection to individuals with disabilities in most aspect of their lives.
The Russell County School District serves many students that qualify under the section 504 definitions. This law defines an individual with disabilities as anyone who experiences a mental, psychological, or physiological disorder that substantially interferes with one or more major life activities. Major life activities include the following:
Once a student has been identified as disabled under section 504 and an accommodation plan has been developed, the law requires that the school staff engage in good faith efforts to implement the plan.
The school board has a process in place to comply with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicaps. The Local Education Agency does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp)1.edgov?CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm.
For more information you may contact your child’s school or the special services office at (706) 321-2266.