What is a 504 Plan?
A 504 plan is a formal plan that is developed by the school for students who have a physical or mental disability that substantially limits a major life activity to provide the student with access to the same education that their peers are getting.
504 plans are not a part of special education and are covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is a civil rights law for people with disabilities. The two main purposes of the Section 504 are to provide FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) and to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities that are in programs or activities that receive federal funding.
Any student who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more life activities, including: walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working or self-care. The impairment must adversely affect the student academically, meaning that the disability must interfere with the student’s ability to learn in a general education setting alongside their peers.