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Back to School: How the 504 May Be Keeping Your Kid From Adulting

Let me start by first saying that I’m not judging you if you have a 504 Plan in place for your kid.

In case you aren’t sure what that even means, I’ll explain:  Section 504 is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  It’s part of the civil rights law, and its purpose is to prohibit discrimination based on a mental or physical disability. 

Basically, it serves to sort-of level the playing field, to give a student with a disability the same opportunities for success as those without a disability.  It’s a list of accommodations offered to students who aren’t eligible for special education services, but their special health needs require special consideration, and slightly different rules.