Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.

Students who have physical or mental impairment(s) that substantially limit a major life activity may be protected under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act  of 1973. Students who qualify under the law may receive reasonable accommodations affording them access to the educational environment.

A referral for a Section 504 evaluation could result in a request for a special education evaluation if the disability could also fall within a category of special education eligibility.

504 Child Find Notice:

Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination in publicly funded activities, the Wellesley Public Schools have a responsibility to identify, refer, evaluate, and if eligible, provide access to public education to any student with impairments in its jurisdiction. For additional information about the rights of students under Section 504, please contact your building Guidance Counselor (WMS and WHS) or Psychologist (elementary).

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