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Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a national law that protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability. In terms of educational purpose, the plan is designed to assist students with special needs who are attending their schools regular education program. The 504 plan should not be confused with the Individual Education Program (IEP).

The student must be identified as disabled as outlined under Section 504. Does the individual have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities; or have a record of such an impairment; or is regarded (perceived) as having such an impairment. If the answer is "yes" to one or more of the above statements, the individual may qualify for the provisions under Section 504. This would be especially true, if the individual does not qualify for special education services under IDEA.

Section 504 Notice of Parent/Student Rights
Physician Referral for Section 504 Protections  
Indiana Department of Education Section 504

Who to contact about Section 504? 

  • Elementary Schools: Contact your child's school principal.
  • Secondary Schools: Contact your child's school counselor.
  • District-Level:
    • Anthony England, Asst. Superintendent of Exceptional Learners, 574-262-5861,
    • Lori Disselberger, Special Education Secretary, 574-262-5867,