For example, a parent who believes his or her child has a hearing impairment or is having difficulty understanding a teacher, may request to have the child evaluated so that the child may receive appropriate education.A child with behavior problems, or one who is doing poorly academically, may have an undiagnosed hidden disability.A chronic illness involves a recurring and long-term disability such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney and liver disease, high blood pressure, or ulcers.Approximately four million students with disabilities are enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools in the United States.
Section 504 provides that: "No otherwise qualified individual with handicaps in the United States . Recipients of this assistance include public school districts, institutions of higher education, and other state and local education agencies.
THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF ED RECIPIENTS IN PRESCHOOL, ELEMENTARY, SECONDARY, AND ADULT EDUCATION For coverage under Section 504, an individual with handicaps must be "qualified" for service by the school or institution receiving ED funds.
For example, the ED Section 504 regulation defines a "qualified handicapped person" with respect to public preschool, elementary, secondary, or adult education services, as a person with a handicap who is: Under the Section 504 regulation, a recipient that operates a public elementary or secondary a education program has a number of responsibilities toward qualified handicapped persons in its jurisdiction.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects the rights of persons with handicaps in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance.
Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Washington, D. 20202-1328 INTRODUCTION If you are a student with a hidden disability or would like to know more about how students with hidden disabilities are protected against discrimination by Federal law, this pamphlet is for you.