Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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504 Plan

  • M. J. Holcomb
  • David E. McIntoshEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56782-2_1502-2


A 504 Plan refers to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-112) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336), which makes it illegal to exclude anyone from a federally funded program or activity based on a disability. Section 504, a federal civil rights law, specifically prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, within any school system or other recipient of federal financial assistance. The definition of recipient is a broad one, as it can include not only schools but also states (including their Departments of Education) or counties, agencies, institutions, or other organizations that benefit from Federal funds, directly or indirectly.

Current Knowledge

A 504 plan documents accommodations for qualified students which will allow them to have opportunities similar to those of their peers. An Individualized Education Plan(IEP) is not a 504 plan because IEPs only cover an inclusive list of students with...

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References and Reading

  1. Smith, T. E. C., & Patton, J. R. (1998). Section 504 and the public schools. Austin: TXL Pro-Ed.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Doctoral Program in School PsychologyBall State UniversityMuncieUSA
  2. 2.Department of Special Education, Teachers CollegeBall State UniversityMuncieUSA