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Section 504 Accommodations

If your child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder does not qualify for an IEP (Individualized Education Program), it is possible that he/she might qualify for a Section 504 Plan.  This plan, part of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability.  People who have a physical or mental impairment that “substantially limits one or more major life activities”, may qualify for a Section 504.  Among the conditions possibly covered are difficulties: eating, sleeping, standing, lifting, bending, reading, concentrating, thinking or communicating.  Also included are physical or mental impairments, physiological disorders, or performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.  Major bodily functions that are included as major life activities are functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions (this is not a comprehensive list).  A student who qualifies for a Section 504 Plan is required to be offered FAPE (free appropriate public education).

Here are some websites for more information:

 http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/504faq.html#protected

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/resources/factsheets/504.pdf

http://www.greatschools.org/LD/school-learning/section-504.gs?content=868

http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/sec504.index.htm

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/edlite-FAPE504.html

http://wrightslaw.com/info/sec504.index.htm

Some books from our bookstore to help you:

http://www.autismbookstore.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=ASNC&Product_Code=BWRI03&Category_Code=IEPs

            From Emotions to Advocacy, Pete Wright

http://www.autismbookstore.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=ASNC&Product_Code=BWRI01&Category_Code=IEPs

            Special Education Law, Pete Wright

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