Section 504 Accommodation Plan

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law, which prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities.

    The law provides:

    No otherwise qualified individual with a disability …shall solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…29 U.S. C.  794
    Section 504 is based on the principle that students with disabilities shall not be denied access to educational facilities, programs and opportunities on the basis of their disability.
    For a student to qualify for Section 504 protection, the student must: (1) have a mental or physical impairment (2) which substantially limits (3) one or more major life activities. All three critiera must be met before a student is eligible for Section 504.
    Contact your child's school counselor for further information about the 504 Plan process. A listing of each schools' counselors can be found HERE.

    Rights and Protections Under Section 504    

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law that protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability. Section 504 forbids organizations and employers from excluding or denying individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to receive program benefits and services. It defines the rights of individuals with disabilities to participate in, and have access to, program benefits and services. Section 504 protects qualified individuals with disabilities.

    Under this law, individuals with disabilities are defined as persons with a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. People who have a history of, or who are regarded as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, are also covered. 

    Information on how to file a complaint of discrimination based on disability is available below by clicking the Section 504 Grievance Procedure, or by contacting:


    Debra Bromfield
    Interim Section 504 Coordinator
    333 Washington Street
    Brookline, MA 02445
    P: 617-730-2447


    Important Documents