ERIC Number: EJ695472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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Section 504 Student Eligibility for Students with Reading Disabilities: A Primer for Advocates
Brady, Kevin P.
Reading and Writing Quarterly, v20 n3 p305-329 Jul-Sep 2004
With the current legal reauthorization of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) well under way, advocates for students with reading and literacy difficulties impacted by disorders, including dyslexia and attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD), are encouraging Congress to recognize these disabilities under the IDEA. Despite being ineligible under the IDEA for special education services, however, large numbers of students with dyslexia and other reading difficulties are eligible for special education services and accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if it can be demonstrated that their disability "substantially limits a major life activity." Currently, many educators across the country fail to properly identify and evaluate students eligible under Section 504, believing incorrectly that identification and evaluation requirements apply solely to students requiring special education services under the IDEA. This article provides educators with a legal overview and guidelines for identifying students eligible for special education services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Special Education, Eligibility, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorders, Federal Legislation, Disabilities, Special Needs Students, Identification, Student Evaluation, Court Litigation, Student Placement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973