Qualified individuals with disabilities are persons who, with Reasonable Accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the job for which they apply or obtain. Reasonable Accommodation means an employer is required to take reasonable steps to accommodate one's disability, unless it would cause the employer undue hardship.
When applied to students in public education the language broadly prohibits the denial of public education participation, or enjoyment of the benefits offered by public school programs because of a child’s disability. Section 504 requires school districts to provide Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to students with disabilities.
Although the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) also applies to K-12 schools, the existence of IDEIA does not mean the Rehabilitation Act is superfluous. IDEIA only protects a subset of children and youth who have disabilities—those who satisfy its specific definition for a child with a disability. IDEIA is strictly an educational law that addresses curriculum and instruction alongside the other supports needed by an individual with a disability.
Regardless of the child's disability, the school district must identify the child's educational needs and provide any regular or special education to satisfy the child's educational needs just as well as it does for the children without disabilities. To accomplish this, districts may develop an education plan for the child. When done so under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is a 504 Individualized Accommodation Plan (IAP). This 504 plan covers accommodation, services, and support the child will be receiving in order to have access to education at school. A 504 plan is different and less detailed than an Individualized Education Program (IEPs) offered through IDEIA/Special Education.
Roseanne Armendariz, Director of Special Education Dept. Laura Dettman, At- Risk Secondary Coordinator
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