Section 504 at MCCTC
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Section 504 provides: “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States…shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance….”
A student with a disability is defined in this statute as a student who has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. Major life activities include Caring for oneself, Performing Manual Tasks, Communicating with Others, Walking, Seeing, Bending, Hearing, Speaking, Standing, Breathing, Learning, Concentrating, Reading, Thinking, and Sleeping.
If you suspect a 504 disability, please contact the appropriate coordinator based on you/your student’s grade level:
Maurice Taylor, Student Services Director
330-729-4000 ext. 1204
Nancy Kropolinsky, Special Education Coordinator
330-729-4000 ext. 1213
If deemed necessary by the team an evaluation will be conducted and if eligibility is confirmed, a 504 plan will be developed. A 504 plan is intended to provide accommodations to give the individual with a mental or physical impairment an equal or comparable opportunity (in comparison to typical peer) to benefit from the education and programs/activities offered. 504 plans are not intended to enrich, extend, or maximize the student’s performance, but to ensure equal opportunity with that of non-disabled peers.