This is a guidance document published by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education. As an authoritative source, that can’t be beat! Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires a school district to provide a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) to each qualified student with a disability who is in the school district’s jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. Under Section 504, FAPE consists of the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services designed to meet the student’s individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of nondisabled students are met.
Federal guidance, Section 504