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ERIC Number: EJ842573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
What Does the Law Say? New Section 504 Student Eligibility Standards
Zirkel, Perry A.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v41 n4 p68-71 Mar-Apr 2009
In November 2008, Congress passed, and the President signed, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments (ADAA), with an effective date of January 1, 2009. While other issues, such as the national economic crisis, dominated public attention at the time, the ADAA unobtrusively connected to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), impacting students in Grades K-12. Many school leaders are only belatedly learning about the direct effects of this new law, which include expanding the eligibility for individual student Section 504 Plans and reinforcing regulatory overlap for students who have individualized education programs (IEPs) under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA). In this article, the author explains the newly expanded Section 504 eligibility standards and discusses their implications for general and special education. The author suggests that as with other legal issues, special educators need to take the lead in terms of expanding the awareness of and compliance with these intersecting federal statutes among their general education colleagues. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973