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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

"No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States…shall solely by reason of her or his 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…."

Statutes and Regulations - Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Each school district has an employee designated with the responsibility of ensuring compliance of Section 504. This employee, the 504 Coordinator can provide assistance as well as respond to allegations of discrimination based on disability. Contact your local school district for more information.

The Equity and Civil Rights Office is available to provide information and support in the resolution of issues related to Section 504.

The U.S. Office for Civil Rights is the agency responsible for receiving and responding to alleged violations of Section 504. For assistance and information contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
Seattle Office
915 Second Avenue Room 3310
Seattle, WA 98174-1099
(206) 607-1600 TDD: 877-521-2172
Email: OCR.Seattle@ed.gov
Web site

NEW Sample Section 504 Notice of Parent Rights
Under Section 504, school districts must provide parents a copy of their rights and procedural safeguards before evaluating students for Section 504 eligibility.
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A Parent and Educator Guide to Free Appropriate Public Education Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Jim Rich, Puget Sound ESD) (PDF) - English | Spanish

Frequently Asked Questions about Section 504

Protecting Students with Disabilities: FAQs about Section 504 (U.S. Department of Education)

Schools' Obligation to Provide Equal Opportunity to Students with Disabilities to Participate in Extracurricular Athletics (U.S. Department of Education

Questions and Answers on the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 for Students with Disabilities (U.S. Department of Education)

Washington Relay (Free Telephone Relay Service)

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information Line

Trainings and Webinars


The resources provided here are for information only. Inclusion of this information on the OSPI website should not be construed as an endorsement of the information provided. Please take note that the resources provided here may be outdated because of changes in federal regulations. If you have any questions or concerns about the resources provided, please contact the Equity & Civil Rights Office at (360) 725-6162 or by email at equity@k12.wa.us.


   Updated 4/4/2014

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