A student may be eligible for accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the student is suspected of having or is diagnosed with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. A student may also be eligible if they have a record of having such impairment or is regarded as having such impairment.
However, the mere fact that a student has a "record of" or is "regarded as" disabled is insufficient, in itself, to trigger protection under Section 504. The presence of an impairment does not automatically mean that the student has a disability or that it affects functioning in the school setting. The central and most controlling consideration is whether the specified impairment substantially limits the specified major life activity--which in the school setting is learning.
Referrals for a 504 evaluation and consideration for Section 504 eligibility may be made at any time by individuals with knowledge of the student’s needs and/or educational program, including teachers, other staff members, parents/guardians, etc. Referrals should be directed to the student’s counselor or Daniela Lukic-Cole, Section 504/Title II Compliance Coordinator.