The UT High School District provides services for students who qualify for Section 504 services.
The U.S. Department of Education enforces Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, (Section 504) a civil rights statute which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) also enforces Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), which extends this prohibition against discrimination to the full range of state and local government services, programs, and activities (including public schools) regardless of whether they receive any Federal financial assistance. The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (Amendments Act), effective January 1, 2009, amended the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and included a conforming amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act) that affects the meaning of disability in Section 504. The standards adopted by the ADA were designed not to restrict the rights or remedies available under Section 504.
Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.
Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is designed to help parents of students with physical or mental impairments in public schools, or publicly funded private schools, work with educators to design customized educational plans. These 504 plans legally ensure that students will be treated fairly at school.
The UT High School District staff members review registration forms and documents when students initially enroll in the UT High School Diploma Programs. It is important for parents to indicate if their child previously qualified and received Section 504 services in a prior school. Parents can expedite the process of sending records to the UTHS District by providing the most recent paperwork from recent Section 504 meetings. The UT High School District staff will also request records from the prior school to obtain the Section 504 documentation, however, it takes time to receive records.
Parents of students enrolled in the UTHS Diploma Programs may contact UTHSaccommodations@austin.utexas.edu for more information or if you suspect that your child may have qualifying condition.. A formal evaluation can be conducted to determine if your child meets the criteria for Section 504 services and what supports they may need.
More information about UT High School District Services is provided on the following webpages:
Students with Last Names A-K
Lisa Minck, Special Education Coordinator
Students with Last Names L-Z
Jessica Nickels, Ed.D., Student Services Coordinator