This service is designed to assist school districts by assuring compliance under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Section 504 provides: "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, 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 . . . ."
The Section 504 regulations require a school district to provide a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE) to each qualified student with a disability who is in the school district's jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. Under Section 504, FAPE consists of the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services designed to meet the student's individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of nondisabled students are met.
U.S. Dept. of Education - Office for Civil Rights
Consultation and technical assistance are available to central/campus administration, and campus coordinators. An annual legal update/workshop is available to member districts/charter schools.
CESD Section 504 Procedural Forms are available for use by Region 10 school districts and charter schools who are part of the Section 504 Cooperative. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy.