A 504 plan is designed to accomodate the unique needs of an individual with a disability as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is the first civil rights law guaranteeing equal opportunity for more than 35 million Americans with disabilities.
Children who have disabilities, but whose disabilities do not interfere with their ability to progress in general education and who are not eligible for special education services, may be entitled to a 504 Accomodation Plan. School districts must ensure that students with disabilities have meaningful opportunities to participate in all aspects of school on an equal basis with students without disabilities. Students who may be protected by Section 504, but who may not be eligible for services under the IDEA:
* Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
* Students with communicable diseases (i.e.hepatitis)
* Students with temporary disabilities arising from accidents who may need short term hospitalization or homebound recovery.
* Students who had surgery and short term hospitalization or homebound recovery
* Students with migraine headaches with a lengthy history of missing school
* Student with allergies or asthma
* Students with diabetes, cancer, heart disease
* Students who are drug-addicted or alcoholic (as long as they are not currently using illegal drugs)
* Students with environmental illnesses
* Students with orthopedic, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, muscular distrophy, multiple sclerosis
* Students with visual, speech, and hearing impairments