Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in public and private programs and activities that receive financial assistance from the federal government. Section 504 guarantees students a free appropriate public education. Students who may not be eligible for services under the I.D.E.A. may be eligible for protection from discrimination under Section 504. Compliance oversight for Section 504 is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. In Orange County, student issues relative to Section 504 are handled by the Policy and Procedures office.

OCPS utilizes the state’s “District Guide for Meeting the Needs of Students", published in 2005 with assistance from the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services. The guidebook outlines the procedures for implementation of Section 504 Accommodation plans, provides a comparison of Section 504 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and sample forms.

Orange County Public Schools has developed its own procedures and forms for Section 504.

Detailed information regarding specific cases is available by calling the ESE Procedures department office using the contact information to the right.

Contact Info

407-317-3200 x2003279

Tajuana Lee-Wenze
Senior Director, ESE Policy & Procedures
Section 504 Coordinator

Dr. Tricia Phillip-Magee
Director, ESE Supplemental Services

Victoria Singh
Senior Administrator, 504/Medicaid Compliance
IDEA Private Schools
ESE Policy & Procedures

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