504 Plan [Education] Law and Legal Definition

A 504 Plan is a plan developed to ensure that a child, with a disability pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 attending an elementary or secondary educational institution, receives accommodations providing him/her access to the learning environment. Accommodations include wheelchair-accessible facilities, adjustable-height tables, large-print reading materials, and increased time to complete assignments and tests.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act created and extended civil rights to people with disabilities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act specifies that no one with a disability can be excluded from participating in federally funded programs or activities, including elementary, secondary, or postsecondary schooling. 504 Plans are beneficial to both students and teachers. The plan ensures that students with disabilities receive appropriate accommodations. The plan provides educators with information about the specific needs of their students with disabilities and practical strategies to be incorporated into their lesson planning.