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Child Find Under Section 504 PDF Print E-mail
Overview

Section 504 contains its own child find requirement that is similar, but not identical, to the child find requirement of IDEA.

Key Points

These key-point summaries cannot reflect every fact or point of law contained within a source document.

OBLIGATION TO EVALUATE UNDER SECTION 504

Schools must conduct an evaluation of any student "who, because of handicap, needs or is believed to need special education and related services." 34 CFR 104.35 (a).

INITIATION OF EVALUATION PROCESS

A school district, a private or public agency or institution, or a parent may initiate a referral for a pre-placement evaluation, the same as under IDEA.

COLLECTIVE NOTICE REQUIREMENT REGARDING SECTION 504


Section 504's "collective notice" requirement mandates all public schools to identify and locate every qualified handicapped person residing in the school district who is not receiving a public education and to notify them of the school's obligations to them under Section 504. This obligation is met via appropriate announcements on district forms and publications and in the mass media. 34 CFR 104.32.

PRELIMINARY SCREENINGS AND INTERVENTIONS

Unlike IDEA, Section 504 does not have an interim screening step in the child find evaluation process. Any pre-referral informal screenings and interventions that are used for possible identification of students with a disability must comply with the Section 504 procedural safeguards of 34 CFR 104.36. San Diego (CA) Sch. Dist., 353 IDELR 236 (OCR 1989).
 
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