Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law designed to protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination for reasons related to their disabilities. The Section 504 regulations require a school district, receiving Federal financial assistance, to provide a free and appropriate public education (F.A.P.E.) to eligible students. The F.A.P.E. must meet the students individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of non-disabled students.
To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to:
The Center provides technical assistance to support districts in addressing 504 issues.
Texas Education Agency Resources on Special Education in Texas
OSEP Requirement 3
All Texas LEAs are required to post a direct link to the specific TEA webpage, linked here, on their local website. The link contains the information in the document related to SB 139 mentioned in OSEP Requirement 2. This is intended to provide Texas families with information regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Dyslexia, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
For more information, please contact the District’s Section 504 Coordinator, Jocelyn Ritz at (830) 353 – 8105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.