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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 that: "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)].

Physical or mental impairments. Section 504 defines a physical or mental impairment as any

  • physiological disorder or condition,
  • cosmetic disfigurement, or
  • anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological; musculoskeletal; special sense organs; respiratory, including speech organs; cardiovascular; reproductive; digestive; genito-urinary; hemic and lymphatic; skin; and endocrine.10

The Section 504 definition of physical and mental impairment also includes any mental or psychological disorder.11 The definition does not include all specific diseases and conditions that may be physical or mental impairments because of the difficulty of ensuring the completeness of such a list.

To summarize, major life activities include certain acts a person does (such as hearing, speaking, lifting) and a person's bodily functions (such as lung disease that affects a person’s respiratory system, or a traumatic brain injury that affects the function of the brain).

Resources

504 Coordinators

Campus Name
District 504 Coordinator Elizabeth Franklin
 
Foster HS Annaliese May
Fulshear HS Heather Squires
George Ranch HS Carin Reeves
Lamar Cons. HS Lisa Suchart
Terry HS Maria Fondon
Chandra Harvey
 
Briscoe JH Rocio Espinoza
Julie Haines
Geroge JH Kamille Mitchell
Lamar JH Kamille Mitchell
Leaman JH Heather Squires
Reading JH Ismael Rangel
 
Navarro MS Faith Petteway
Roberts MS Satta Testamark
Ryon MS Stacie Johnson
Clacie Ciaccio
Wertheimer MS Tiffany Hoelzel
Wessendorff MS Alfred Torres
Erin Hayden
 
Adolphus Suzanne Lowe
Rhonda Mark
Arredondo Meredith Smith
Austin Elaine Thomas
Beasley Jocelyn Payne
Laura Haugvoll
Bentley Kim Zapata (K-2)
Tamara Luna (3-5)
Bowie Andrea Richard
Campbell Joe Imrie
Carter Juanita Velasquez
Culver Stephanie Lewis
Dickinson Kathryn Reaves
Frost Angela Criswell
Hubenak Kevin Kracker
Detha Bradshaw
Huggins Kyle Little
Hutchison Monica Lee
Jackson LeKeitha Petitt
Lindsey Clarice Dumot
Long Marisa Bienek
McNeill Melissa Walcher
Phuong-uyen Truong
Meyer Aida Manning
Pink Krystle Henry
Ray Shelby Hathorn
Smith Jennifer Mitchell
Tamarron Makia Walls
Thomas Stephanie Guthman
Travis Jearine Jordan
Velasquez Thyra Williams
Williams Yunghee Choi
 
Seguin Mary Ellen Rocha