Help When Life Activities are Substantially Limited
District 623 complies with the requirements of Section 504 of the Human Rights Act and is committed to providing accommodations for students in our schools. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Fact Sheet provides information on protections against discrimination because of a disability and the right to appropriate accommodations.
Who Qualifies for Section 504?
A person is "disabled" according to Section 504 if he/she has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. That person must be unable to perform, or be significantly limited in the ability to perform, an activity when compared to an average person in the general population.
Learning is a Major Life Activity
When a condition significantly limits a major life activity, an accommodation plan must be developed for that person. Accommodations or services are determined by a team knowledgeable about the individual and his/her disability.
Major life activities include functions such as:
- Caring for one's self
- Performing manual tasks
Parents or students may request accommodations under the protections of this law by contacting the building principal or program supervisor.