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Oakland Unified School District

Section 504 / Students with Disabilities

What is Section 504?  

“No otherwise qualified individual with a disability...shall, solely by reason of his or her 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." Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Section 504 is a civil rights law. To meet the criteria for Section 504 protections, a child must:

  • have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities,
  • have a record of such impairment, or
  • be regarded as having such impairment.

Under Section 504, a plan may be developed to assist students with disabilities that require accommodations in order to access the general education program.

Please use the links below to download a brief booklet for parents about Section 504 policies.  

Frequently Asked Questions about Section 504