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Section 504

Every student with a disability is protected from discrimination under federal law—Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This law prohibits discrimination based on disability. All Washington state public schools must comply with this federal law.
CVSD does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its educational programs and activities. Every Central Valley school has a Section 504 contact person/team. Please contact your school for assistance.
Under Section 504, a qualified student:
  • Must have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
  • Has a record of such an impairment; or
  • Is regarded as having such an impairment
A physical impairment means:
  • Physiological disorder or condition
  • Cosmetic disfigurement or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory, speech organs, cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genito-urinary, hemic and lymphatic, skin and endocrine
A mental impairment means:
  • Mental or psychological disorder such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities
"Major life activities" include:
  • Caring for one's self
  • Performing manual tasks
  • Walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, and the ability to control one's behavior
Section 504 Accommodation Plans:
  • Reasonable accommodations enable a student to benefit from his/her education
  • Parents are not required but are preferred to be part of accommodation plan development
  • Accommodations are generally provided by regular education
  • No right to independent evaluation