Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Hibbing Public Schools supports the aims of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and is committed to providing accommodations for students in our schools.
Who Qualifies for Section 504?
A person is "disabled" within the meaning of Section 504 if he/she has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.
An impairment is only a "disability" under Section 504 if it substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as learning. An individual must be unable to perform, or be significantly limited in the ability to perform, an activity, compared to an average person in the general population.
Learning is Considered a Major Life Activity
Major life activities include functions such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. When a condition significantly limits a major life activity, an accommodation plan must be developed for that individual. Accommodations or services must be determined by a team knowledgeable about the individual and his/her disability.
Parents or students may request accommodations under the protections of this law by contacting the building principal or school counselor. Consultation is provided to general education teams that need assistance and support in the development or review of a 504 Plan by the district Special Education Coordinator.