Section 504 is a federal law which prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities. The law provides:
No otherwise qualified individual with a disability ... shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance ... 29 USC § 794. One of the principal purposes of Section 504 is to ensure that students with disabilities are not denied access to educational facilities, programs and opportunities on the basis of their disability.
For a student to have a disability which may be protected under this law, he or she must: (1) have a mental or physical impairment, (2) which substantially limits, (3) one or more major life activities. For a student to be considered an "eligible student" under Section 504, all three criteria must be fulfilled.
Section 504 Plans are implemented by general education and support staff in all Akron Public Schools buildings.