Section 504 FAQ

  • 1. What is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity?

  • 2. What are major life activities as defined in the Section 504 regulations?

  • 3. Once a student is identified as eligible for services under Section 504, is that student always entitled to such services?

  • 4. Are there any impairments which automatically mean that a student has a disability under Section 504?

  • 5. Can a medical diagnosis suffice as an evaluation for the purpose of providing FAPE?

  • 6. Does a medical diagnosis of an illness automatically mean a student can receive services under Section 504?

  • 7. How should a recipient school district handle an outside independent evaluation? Do all data brought to a multi-disciplinary committee need to be considered and given equal weight?

  • 8. A student has a disability referenced in the IDEA, but does not require special education services. Is such a student eligible for services under Section 504?

  • 9. How should a recipient school district view a temporary impairment?

  • 10. Is an impairment that is episodic or in remission a disability under Section 504?