504 Child Find Notice Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the District has a duty to identify, refer, evaluate and if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to disabled students. For additional information about the rights of parents of eligible children, or for answers to any questions you might have about identification, evaluation, and placement into Section 504 programs, please contact Shelley Pinkerton, Director of Special Education and 504 Programs, at 903-894-2876 or Shelley.Pinkerton@bullardisd.net.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act allows for reasonable accommodations and assistance as necessary for qualified students. To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to: (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or (2) have a record of such an impairment; or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment. The determination of whether a student has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity must be made on the basis of an individual inquiry.
How does a student qualify? In order to qualify for Section 504 protections in public or charter schools, a student must undergo an evaluation to determine if a physical or mental impairment exists that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The evaluation process must always begin with informed written consent from the parent and be provided at no expense. Evaluation typically refers to the collection and analysis of data from a variety of sources. The Section 504 committee is responsible for conducting the evaluation and determining program eligibility. Eligibility determines qualification for anti-discriminatory protection and rights.
What are major life activities? Major life activities include, but are not limited to, self-care, manual tasks, walking, seeing, speaking, sitting, thinking, learning, breathing, concentrating, interacting with others, and working. This list also includes the life activities of reading, concentrating, standing, lifting, bending, etc.
For students who are determined to meet the criteria for Section 504 accommodations, the District will develop an individual accommodation plan (IAP) that will meet the educational needs of the student.
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