Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

This legislation guarantees certain rights to people with disabilities. Section 504 prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The requirements apply to employers and organizations that receive funding from a federal department or agency, which includes many hospitals, nursing homes, mental health centers, etc. Organizations and employers are forbidden from denying individuals with disabilities equal opportunity to receive benefits and services from the program. Individuals with disabilities who are eligible are defined as persons with physical or mental impairments which limits one or more life activities, such as caring for oneself.

Related Resources

Section 504: What School Psychologists Should Know
NASP Online Learning Center demo-attendees will gain knowledge and apply it to sample cases and earn 3 CPD credit hours.

Section 504: A Guide for Parents and Educators
Legal protections, general responsibilities of a public school, and implementing Section 504

The Interaction of Section 504 and the IDEA: A Chilling Case
The school psychologist often plays a pivotal role in the implementation of not only the IDEA but also Section 504.