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Special Education Topics Reference--Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Administered by the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. The information on this page is provided as a service to the public. Since Section 504 is administered by the USDE/Office for Civil Rights, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has no enforcement authority for issues arising under Section 504, including interpretation of requirements related to Section 504 plans, services provided under Section 504, or due process procedures about Section 504 issues.

If you need information about Section 504 issues, please contact the Office for Civil Rights. Wisconsin residents are served by the Region V office. The address and phone number is:

Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office (Region V)
U. S. Department of Education
John C. Kluczynski Federal Building
230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604

(312) 730-1560
FAX: (312) 730-1576
TDD: (312) 730-8339

Phone: US Central office: 1-800-421-3481

Section 504 Frequently Asked Questions - - Courtesy of the OCR website.

Supporting Students with Disabilities and Avoiding Discriminatory Use of Student Discipline Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

The Office for Civil Rights in the United States Department of Education has issued guidance in order to provide state education agencies and local education agencies with information regarding disclosure of disability on report cards and transcripts for students with disabilities attending public elementary and secondary schools. The purpose of this guidance is to clarify how federal laws apply to statements on report cards and transcripts when these statements identify students as students with disabilities. Go to for the Dear Colleague Letter and Questions and Answers on Statements About Disability on Report Cards and Transcripts.