The Rehabilitation Act, The Family Education Rights And Privacy Act

880 Words Jul 5th, 2015 4 Pages
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are the major federal laws that affect students with disabilities in schools across the United States. The history behind these acts has brought us to a place where students with disabilities and their families have greater equality and more rights in public schools. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a civil rights provision that was enacted in 1973. Section 504 prohibits the discrimination of persons with disabilities from organizations and employers that accept government funds. This includes school and private schools accepting government funding. The law protects students with disabilities from lack of equal opportunities and benefit from educational programs and facilities. In education, you will commonly hear the words “504 plan.” This is a plan of modifications and accommodation that are necessary for a student to have access to the curriculum. In order for a child to receive a 504 plan, the disability must impact major life activities, however does not impede a child’s ability to learn. Section 504 has affected the way we educate students with physical and mental impairments. These students do not fall under the special education umbrella, however they need accommodation and modifications in the school environment. For example, a student with diabetes may need a daily insulin shot and to eat every few hours.…

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