Section 504

Category: Resources for Parents

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

While Special Education (IDEA) is an entitlement program (that is, a program that provides services to a student based on that student meeting certain eligibility criteria), section 504 is an anti-discrimination law.

Definitions

Section 504 uses the term “handicapped person” to define those who are protected by this law. It covers many more individuals than the IDEA. A handicapped person is:

  • Any person who (i) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, (ii) has a record of such an impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having such an impairment.
  • Physical or mental impairment means (A) any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological; musculoskeletal; special sense organs: respiratory, including speech and lymphatic; skin; and endocrine; or (B) any mental or psychological disorder such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.
  • Major life activities means functions such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.

Some students not covered by the IDEA may be protected by Section 504.

Adapted from: Special Education and the Law, A Legal Guide for Families and Educators--What Parents and Educators Should Know About the Laws and Court Decisions That Affect the Education of Students with Disabilities in Washington State (2/98) reprinted October 2002.

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Lucas Jaeger, District 504 Officer

Email

Fax: 509-965-2127

Address

1000 South 72nd Ave | Yakima, WA 98908

Building Contacts

West Valley High School

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Dawn Hester, 2018 Counselor

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Cory Kingsbury, 2019 Counselor

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Heather Clark, 2020 Counselor

Freshman Campus

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Tina McKeel, 2021 Counselor

West Valley Junior High School

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Deon Bartel, 2023 Counselor

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Bernie Snow, 2022 Counselor

West Valley Middle School

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Michael Yates, School Counselor

Ahtanum Elementary School

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Brian Hays, School Psychologist/Counselor

Apple Valley Elementary School

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Meghan Alderson, School Psychologist/Counselor

Cottonwood Elementary School

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Jeanne Lancaster, School Psychologist/Counselor

Mountainview Elementary School

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Sonya Sanchez, School Counselor

Summitview Elementary School

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Sonya Sanchez, School Counselor

Wide Hollow Elementary School

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Janice Hatcher, School Psychologist/Counselor