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Lago Vista ISD
Special Education/504

Section §504 Services


Section §504 Services are designed to provide a system of identifying eligible students with disabilities as defined under Section §504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Once identified, these students are ensured access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) by providing accommodations that allow equal access to the curriculum in the general education setting. The statute is intended to prevent intentional or unintentional discrimination against persons with disabilities, persons who are believed to have disabilities, or family members of persons with disabilities.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act was passed in 1973 and focuses on non-discrimination. A Section §504 committee will function within the guidelines of this broad based civil rights legislation that protects the rights of persons with disabilities in all programs that receive federal funds.

Section §504 defines a handicap as any person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of life’s major activities. These include: caring for oneself, walking, seeing, speaking, breathing, learning, performing manual tasks, hearing, and working.

Procedures are followed by a knowledgeable committee in making decisions regarding this federal law. To be eligible for Section §504, the committee must identify that a student has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.


For questions or concerns related to Section §504 services, please contact Heather Kercheville at

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