Section 504 Services are designed to provide a system of identifying eligible students with disabilities as defined under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Once identified, these students are ensured access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) by providing accommodations that allow equal access to the curriculum in the general education setting. The statute is intended to prevent intentional or unintentional discrimination against persons with disabilities, persons who are believed to have disabilities, or family members of persons with disabilities.
Austin ISD strives to meet the needs of all students. 504 Services are designed to provide a system of identifying eligible children with disabilities as defined under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (2009), enabling Austin ISD to ensure that all of the rights of these children are protected and receive appropriate services to ensure access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (2009) and further clarified in 2010, prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in all programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. An eligible student is one who:
- Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities;
- Has a record or history of such impairment;
- Is regarded as having such an impairment.
While many students who receive 504 status and services are dyslexic or have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), services are not limited to only these areas of disability.
Any student with a disability that substantially limits one or more life activities may be considered for 504 services.
Notice: The 504 district coordinator provides public notice of the school’s duty under Section 504 and identifies the campus representatives annually.
AISD 504 Policies and FAQ's
504 Services Department
1111 W. 6th St., Suite A300, Austin, TX 78703
Every school has appointed a Campus 504 Coordinator. Please consult with your Campus 504 Coordinator first for questions, scheduling of meetings, and other 504 concerns.