Section 504 Of The Rehabilitation Act Analysis

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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are the major federal laws that affect students with disabilities in schools across the United States. The history behind these acts has brought us to a place where students with disabilities and their families have greater equality and more rights in public schools. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a civil rights provision that was enacted in 1973. Section 504 prohibits the discrimination of persons with disabilities from organizations and employers that accept government funds. This includes school and private schools accepting government funding. The law protects students with disabilities …show more content…
These students do not fall under the special education umbrella, however they need accommodation and modifications in the school environment. For example, a student with diabetes may need a daily insulin shot and to eat every few hours. The law protects this child from being discriminated against and allows the school to administer necessary aids and services for the child to access his or her education. The primary responsibility of Section 504 falls on the general education teacher and school-level administrative leaders, not the special educator. Students receiving special education services and identified with a disability are protected concurrently under Section 504 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education …show more content…
Public agencies are first required locate, identify and serve all students with disabilities (zero reject). This usually happens in the child’s early development. The parent, a doctor, or teacher may request Early Intervention (EI) services. However if this does not occur, the child may be identified in later years. The student must first go through the referral process. This would determine whether the student has a disability and is in need of special education services. This is usually conducted by what we call the Team of Qualified Professionals (TQP), which includes by is not limited to the special and general educators, school social worker, school psychologist, speech pathologist, and occupational therapist. Students with disabilities must be given a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Parents receive the procedural safeguards in a pamphlet and their involvement in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process is crucial. An initial IEP cannot go into effect until the parent signs and agrees to

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