Section 504 is a part of the Americans With Disabilities Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. Section 504 provides: “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . 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.”
To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to:
- Have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
- Have a record of such an impairment; or
- Be regarded as having such an impairment. Major life activities include caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. This list is not exhaustive.
Essex Technical High School recognizes its obligations under the law. The District 504 Coordinator has the overall responsibility for overseeing efforts to ensure full compliance including the identification, evaluation, and the determination of whether or not a child is eligible to receive accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Contact Sandra Goldstein, Essex Technical High School Section 504 Coordinator, at 978-304-4700 x 3114 or [email protected] for further information or assistance.