Students With Disabilities - Students With A 504 Plan

General Information

Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled students are met.

Section 504 states “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, as defined in section 706(8) of this title, 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 U.S.C. §794(a), 34 C.F.R. §104.4(a)].

As defined by federal law: “An individual with a disability means any person who: (i) has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity; (ii) has a record of such an impairment; or (iii) is regarded as having such an impairment” [34 C.F.R. §104.3(j)(1)].

Section 504 prohibits discrimination against individuals with physical or mental impairments that substantially limit one or more major life activities including:
  • caring for one’s self
  • performing manual tasks
  • walking
  • seeing
  • hearing
  • speaking
  • breathing
  • working
  • learning


Documents and Resources

GaDOE Section 504 Resources
Office of Civil Rights - Frequently Asked Questions about 504
504 Plan Notice of Rights
504 Plan Safeguards
Section 504

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my child still be able to participate in nonacademic services?


Yes. Districts must provide equal opportunity in areas such as counseling, physical education and/or athletics, transportation, health services, recreational activities, and special interest groups or clubs. However, the “no pass, no play” standard used for students in most states also applies to students under Section 504 (34 C.F.R. §104.37).

Contact Information

Dr. Nikki Sutton

706-748-2000