The Rehabilitation Act was passed in 1973 to prohibit entities receiving federal funds from allowing disability discrimination. Subpart C of Section 504 of that act requires school districts to make programs and activities accessible to and usable by all individuals with disabilities. It states: "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability 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."
Since Blue Valley receives federal money, the District does not discriminate against any student on the basis of his or her disability and allows equal access to and participation in its programs and activities. The District also does not discriminate against anyone because he or she is associated with someone who is disabled. In addition, it is the District's responsibility to identify and evaluate students who, within the intent of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, need specially designed instruction or services so that those students may receive free appropriate public education.
At each school, the responsibility for ensuring Section 504 compliance rests with the building principal or principal's designee. The Assistant Superintendent of Special Education coordinates the District's compliance with Section 504. The Assistant Superintendent of Special Education can be contacted at 15020 Metcalf, Overland Park, Kansas 66283-0901, (913) 239-4044.