ERIC Number: ED402724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Free Appropriate Public Education for Students with Handicaps: Requirements under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Office for Civil Rights (ED), Washington, DC.
This pamphlet examines free appropriate public education (FAPE) requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, focusing on four concerns: (1) eligibility for a free appropriate public education; (2) how an "appropriate education" is defined; (3) how Section 504 provisions relate to FAPE provisions in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); and (4) how a "free education" is defined. In general, all school-age children with disabilities are entitled to FAPE. Characteristics of an appropriate education include educational services that meet individual needs, education with nondisabled students, nondiscriminatory evaluation and placement, and provision of due process procedures for the review of evaluation and placement decisions. Compliance with the requirements of a "free education" may be met by the district directly or through placement in an out-of-district facility. The requirements of FAPE under IDEA are more detailed than those under Section 504, and compliance with IDEA usually also results in compliance with Section 504. However, Section 504 applies to any program receiving Education Department support and not only to states receiving federal assistance under IDEA. (DB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Compliance (Legal), Definitions, Disabilities, Due Process, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Free Education, Legal Responsibility, Public Education, School Districts, Student Evaluation, Student Placement, Student Rights
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office for Civil Rights (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)