Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504 -

  • Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504

    Highland Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its educational programs, services, or activities.  In addition, the District does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices.
    Parents who suspect their child has a disability or has additional questions, complaints, or requests for information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act should contact the District's designated Title IX/Section 504/ADA Compliance Officer Barbara E. Chapman at (845) 691-1023 or by email.
    Any employee who suspects he or she has a disability or is being discriminated against on the basis of disability should also contact Barbara E. Chapman

    How does a 504 plan differ from an IEP? 

    A 504 plan, which falls under civil-rights law, is an attempt to remove barriers and allow students with disabilities to participate freely; like the Americans With Disabilities Act, it seeks to level the playing field so that those students can safely pursue the same opportunities as everyone else. An IEP, which falls under the individuals with Disabilities Education Act, is much more concerned with actually providing educational services. Students eligible for an IEP, or Individualized Education Plan, represent a small subset of all students with disabilities. They generally require more than a level playing field -- they require significant remediation and assistance, and are more likely to work on their own level at their own pace even in an inclusive classroom.Only certain classifications of disability are eligible for an IEP, and students who do not meet those
    classifications but still require some assistance to be able to participate fully in school would be candidates for a 504 plan.

    IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy 
    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is a United States federal law that governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities.

    Part 200 and 201 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education 

    REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION Pursuant to Sections 207, 3214, 4403, 4404 and 4410 of the Education Law PART 200 Students with Disabilities and PART 201 Procedural Safeguards for Students with Disabilities Subject to Discipline is available at: