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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law prohibiting discrimination based upon a disability that substantially limits a major life activity. It is civil rights legislation that protects students with a temporary or permanent disability from discrimination in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. It ensures that every student has an equal opportunity to participate in the educational programs and activities. The school district ensures that the programs and buildings are accessible.
Some of the disabilities that may qualify a student for eligibility under Section 504 include communicable diseases, injuries and temporary disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders, and physical disabilities. All students who are eligible for special education services are automatically eligible for the protections of Section 504.
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