Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – Requirements for a Free Appropriate Public Education for Students with Disabilities


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance, including federal funds. The Section 504 regulation requires a school district to provide a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) to each qualified person with a disability who is in the school district’s jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the person’s disability.

The US Department of Education website answers the following questions about FAPE according to Section 504:

      Who is entitled to a free appropriate public education?


      How is an appropriate education defined?


    How is a free education defined?

To read more:

A Parent’s Guide to Section 504 in Public Schools can be found at

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