Section 504 is a federal civil rights law under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It provides protection against discrimination for individuals with disabilities. Students in school settings fall under the civil rights protection of Section 504. Section 504 guarantees the right to full participation and access to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) with enforcement being from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Section 504 is designed to provide equal access and fairness in general education to students with disabilities, through what is known as a Section 504 Accommodation Plan or an Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP). It is not a plan designed to enhance a student’s performance, but rather a way to provide fairness and equal access to education. Section 504 requires the provision of FAPE for students who are identified as having a disability.
FAPE for students who are identified as having a disability
504 Child Find Notice
Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the District has a duty to identify, refer, evaluate and if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to disabled students. For additional information about the rights of parents of eligible children, or for answers to any questions you might have about identification, evaluation and placement into Section 504 programs, please contact Gina Hudson by phone at 706-826-1131, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 864 Broad St. Augusta, GA 30901.
GA Special Needs Scholarship Program
To qualify for the Georgia Special Scholarship award with a 504 Plan for the 2021-2022 school year the student must meet all three requirements:
1) The student's parent currently resides within Georgia and has been a Georgia resident for at least one calendar year however, that the one-year requirement shall not apply if the student's parent is an active duty military service member stationed in Georgia within the previous year; AND
2) Spent the prior school year in attendance at a Georgia public school. For the 2021-2022 school year only, prior school year in attendance means that the student was enrolled and reported by a public school system or school systems for funding purposes at the time of at least one FTE program count, conducted each school year in October and March, during either the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school years. Prior school year in attendance shall not apply if:
- The student's parent is an active duty military service member stationed in Georgia within the previous year; OR
- The student has been adopted or placed in a permanent guardianship from foster care pursuant to an order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction within the previous year; OR
- The student previously qualified for a scholarship as provided in state law; AND
3) The student had a 504 plan in effect during the 2020-2021 school year relating to one or more of these conditions:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Attention deficit disorder (ADD);
- Autism spectrum disorder;
- Bipolar disorder;
- Cerebral palsy;
- Cystic fibrosis;
- Down syndrome;
- Drug or alcohol abuse;
- Dual sensory impairment;
- Emotional or behavioral disorder;
- Hearing impairment;
- Intellectual disability;
- Muscular dystrophy
- Specific learning disability;
- Spina bifida;
- Traumatic brain injury
- Visual impairment; or
- Any rare disease identified by the National Institutes of Health's Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center's list of rare disease disorders.
SECTION 504 PLAN APPLICATION PROCESSThe changes to Code Section 20-2-2114 (via SB 47) require verification that a student who qualifies for the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship through a Section 504 Plan has met the eligibility requirements. To meet these verification requirements, parents who believe their student is eligible for the Section 504 Plan GSNS award must access the Section 504 Plan Verification Form and follow the instructions to submit to their local school district for completion. The local school district will verify the Section 504 Plan information on the student and submit this information to GaDOE. Upon submission from the local school system, GaDOE will load the eligible student’s award information into the Scholarship Application if the student meets all qualifications.
For additional information Refer to the Georgia Department of Education website. Scholarship Information Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Act
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