504 Accommodations

Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973(Open external link) requires public schools to offer accommodations for eligible students with disabilities. These accommodations help students with special health needs to participate in New York City Department of Education (DOE) programs and activities on an equal basis with their peers who do not have disabilities.

Your child may be able to receive health services or accommodations in school under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. These services allow students with special health needs to fully participate in school. For example, students with a medical condition may be given medicine at school. Students who have trouble seeing or hearing might be seated close to the blackboard.


How to find out if your child qualifies for services or accommodations: 

  1. Contact either:
  2. Your school nurse, counselor or 504 Coordinator will explain how to apply for services for your child.
  3. After you apply, your school will review your request for services. Your school’s 504 Team will invite you to a meeting to discuss your child’s needs. At this meeting, the Team will decide if your child will receive any services or accommodations. You will be informed of the decision within 30 days.

Please click on the link below for full details, directly from the NYC Dept. of Education website.  Translated copies of required documents on located on their page.