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Section 504 prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in programs receiving federal financial assistance for students with disabilities. Because the Office for Civil Rights does not endorse any single formula for how Section 504 is to be applied, it is often open to interpretation. AALRR has provided advice to many school districts, special education local plan areas (SELPAs) and county offices of education regarding Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including: special education identification, assessment, eligibility and placement; special education policies and procedures; applicability of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); full inclusion; and student discipline. We also have extensive experience representing districts regarding all matters connected with Section 504 in special education mediations, due process hearings, state compliance reviews, and court proceedings.

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