Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) is federal civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in any program receiving federal financial assistance, including public schools. Section 504 requires School Districts to evaluate if there is a suspected disability or concerns that a student may be in need of services. Students with a disability are provided with equal access to their education the same as a non-disabled student. Section 504 affords students with disabilities an equal opportunity in extracurricular activities and nonacademic services as well. A free appropriate public education (FAPE) is provided to qualified students who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.


  • Ensure eligible students have educational opportunities equivalent to those of their non-disabled peers
  • Develop processes and procedures in compliance with Federal law
  • Provide support to schools and district departments
  • Communicate best practices to schools to ensure compliance with Section 504
  • Assist schools in identification of students who might be eligible for Section 504 protections and services
  • Provide technical assistance to individual schools
  • Provide customer service to parents and community
  • Conduct staff trainings to ensure compliance with Section 504 law
  • Provide individualized need based trainings to ensure compliance with Section 504
  • Annually monitor schools’ notification to parent/guardian regarding John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program to be in compliance with Florida Statute Section 1002.39
  • Monitor Section 504 program compliance at schools
  • Keep abreast of legal rulings and Office for Civil Rights actions

Contact information:

Linda Silver

phone: 754.321.3400