Who is eligible for services under Section 504?

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Based upon information from a variety of sources, an eligibility decision for Section 504 is made by a group of school professionals, which includes individuals who are knowledgeable about the student, the meaning of the evaluation data, and the placement options within the student's school.  The team must establish on a case-by-case basis with respect to each individual student the following:

  • Presence of a recognized physical or mental impairment;
  • Impairment affects a major life activity or major bodily function; and
  • the major life activity or major bodily function is substantially limited.

The term "disability" under Section 504 does not include students who are currently engaging in the illegal use of drugs.