School of Science and Technology Houston provides the students with disabilities appropriate educational services designed to meet the individual needs of such students to the same extent as the needs of students without disabilities. An appropriate education for a student with a disability under the Section 504 regulations could consist of education in regular classrooms, education in regular classes with supplementary services, and/or related services.
- Definition: Section 504 is a civil rights law that protects eligible individuals from discrimination on the basis of their disabilities.
- Evaluation: Once a referral has been made by school staff or the parent(s)/guardians, a 504 evaluation which includes the review of data drawn from a variety of sources (health records, academic records, parent/teacher input etc.) is conducted by the 504 committee.
- Eligibility: To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to: have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (breathing, walking, concentrating, reading etc.)
- Potential Qualifying Disabilities may include but are not limited to:
-Accommodations: Extended time, reading aloud etc.
-Service plans: Individual accommodation plan (IAP), emergency action/health plan, behavior intervention plan etc.
-Related services: Counseling, assistive technology etc.