Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504
  • What is Section 504?

    In 1973, the Vocational Rehabilitation Act was signed into law. As part of the Act, Congress enacted Section 504.  Section 504 states that “no otherwise qualified individual with disabilities in the United States...shall solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal Assistance...”  School districts have the responsibility under Section 504 to identify, refer, evaluate and if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to disabled students. 

Nondiscrimination Notice

  • “No person shall on the basis of sex, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, color, pregnancy, disability, military status or genetic information be denied employment, receipt of services, access to or participation in school activities or programs if qualified to receive such services, or otherwise be discriminated against or placed in a hostile environment in any educational program or activity including those receiving federal financial assistance, except as provided by law.” No person shall deny equal access or a fair opportunity to meet to, or discriminate against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, or any other youth group listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society.

    An employee, student, parent, or applicant alleging discrimination with respect to employment, or any educational program or activity may contact:

    Tonja Fitzgerald, Divisional Director
    Equity Compliance Officer (Students)
    Leon County School District
    2757 West Pensacola Street
    Tallahassee, Florida 32304
    (850) 487-7309

    Wallace Knight, Director
    Equity Compliance Officer (Employees)
    Title IX Compliance Officer
    Leon County School District
    2757 West Pensacola Street
    Tallahassee, Florida 32304
    (850) 487-7210

    A student or parent alleging discrimination as it relates to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act may contact:

    Jennifer Benton, 504 Specialist
    504 Specialist
    (850) 487-7317


  • Contact

    • Telephone: (850) 487-7160
      Fax(850) 487-7823
      Address: 3955 W. Pensacola Street,
      Tallahassee, FL 32304
    Jennifer Benton, Program Specialist
    Section 504
    Cathy Shields, Director II
    Compliance, Operations
    and Districtwide Programs
Last Modified on November 17, 2023