Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Section 504

Section 504 Rehabilitation Act, 1973
Compliance Requirements
Implementation Guidance
Model & Sample Resources

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (34 C.F.R. Part 104), is a federal civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance stating:

“No otherwise qualified individual with disabilities in the United States… shall solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” 

Section 504 establishes a student’s right to full access and participation in education and all school-related activities and requires schools to provide appropriate related services and aids to meet the individual needs of qualified students. Section 504 sets minimum standards for providing services to students with disabilities that substantially limits a major life activity. Section 504 applies to elementary and secondary schools, preschool and adult education.

Additionally, public school districts are government entities covered by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Locate your district or charter school's Section 504 coordinator: ADE Data Center.

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education is responsible for  enforcing Section 504. However, a role of the EAC is to provide technical assistance concerning Section 504.

For a quick overview of Section 504 view the Section 504 Overview video by clicking on the image below.

Section 504 Overview

Compliance Requirements

To understand obligations and requirements under Section 504, review Section 1 - DESE EAC Section 504 Manual (PDF)

Download the Section 504 Process Visual (PDF) or click on the image below.

Section 504 Process

For more information, please contact:

Oliver Dillingham, Public School Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Legal Services
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot 25
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4213
Fax: 501-682-7288
Lasonia Johnson, Public School Program Advisor
Daisy Reyes, Public School Program Advisor

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