Essay On Section 504

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In the past, individuals who were born with or acquired a disability were viewed across the world as people who were to be pitied, rejected, feared, or even viewed as objects of fascination (Equality article). However, through the evolution of laws and policies, these individuals are now becoming equal participants in today’s society (Equality article). Because of this, there are several resources across the United States that are being made available. Some of the resources include programs in all levels of education, programs that assist in the search for a job and housing, and also programs that allow individuals with disabilities to become involved in organizations and the community.
During the 2011-2012 school year, about 12.9 percent of school aged children were enrolled in special education services (website in email). As a student with a disability, educational rights of the student are protected in the United States by several federal and state laws. There are two primary laws, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities
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Section 504 provides services and accommodations for a child if they have a physical or mental impairment that limits a major life activity(governor). Section 504 has a broader definition of “disability”, therefore, provides services for a larger group of students. IDEA provides services to children who fall into specific categories of disability and who need special education and related services to make progress in their academics. Because IDEA has a more narrow definition of “disability” they serve a smaller group of students. So, an individual who may qualify for services under IDEA will qualify for services for Section 504. However, an individual may qualify for Section 504, but due to the narrow definition of a “disability”, the individual may not qualify for IDEA

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