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Section 504
Section 504 Overview

Who is the 504 expert in my building?
Stephanie Gordon is the 504 Point of Contact for the district.
The following questions provide an Overview of Section 504. This law can have a positive effect on a child if he/she should need accommodations to succeed in school. 

What is the law?

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a directive from Congress to any school receiving federal funds to eliminate discrimination from all aspects of school operations based on disability.

The law states that: "No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States...shall solely by the reason of...handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."


Who is protected under the law?

A student is eligible so long as he/she meets the definition of a qualified handicapped person. A handicapped person means any person who
  1. has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities (this includes but is not limited to caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working);
  2. has a record of such an impairment, or
  3. is regarded as having such an impairment.

What are some examples of physical or mental impairments under the law?
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Aids
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac diseases
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Epilepsy or seizure disorders
  • Spinal cord or traumatic brain injury

The 504 Plan documents are listed below. Please print documents as desired. 
Grievance Procedures for the Section 504 Process

Executive Director of
the Department of Special Education

Lori A. Kopp
Phone: 330-744-6965

Department Secretary
Sue Smith
Phone: 330-744-6968
Fax: 330-744-8869
20 W. Wood Street    Youngstown, OH 44503    330.744.6900
20 W. Wood Street | Youngstown, OH 44503 | 330.744.6900
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