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. If your school district, SELPA or county office of education is interested in training related to any of the topics above, please contact an AALRR attorney in our ADA, IDEA & Section 504 Practice Group.  

Section 504 and ADA Procedures Manual

AALRR has published a Section 504 and ADA Procedures Manual.  The purpose of the manual is to provide schools with a comprehensive, step by step framework by which to identify, evaluate, and provide support to students with disabilities under Section 504 and the ADA.

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