Section 504 is federal civil rights law under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) administers Section 504—not the State. Section 504 is the other service option available to students with disabilities, but who are not eligible and/or already receiving special education services under the eligibility requirements of the IDEA (Tier 3). It is designed to provide equal access and fairness in general education to students with disabilities, thereby leveling the playing field for them. Under New Mexico’s three-tier model of student intervention, a Section 504 Plan is a Tier 2 service and/or support. Please click on the links below to see guidance and resources.
- Guidelines for Educators and Administrators to Implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (May 2010)
- A comprehensive guide for services and/or accommodations to students with disabilities who do not qualify for special education