January 1, 2009, amends the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and includes a conforming amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act) that affects the meaning of the term disability in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504). The Amendment Act retains the definition of disability under Section 504 and the ADA but emphasizes that the definition should be interpreted broadly. Among other things, the Amendment Act directs that the ameliorating effects of mitigating measures (other than ordinary eyeglasses or contact lenses) not be considered in determining whether an individual has a disability. It expands the scope of “major life activity area” by providing a non-exhaustive list of general activities and a non-exhaustive list of major bodily functions. It clarifies that an impairment that is episodic or in remission is a disability if it would substantially limit a major life activity when active. In addition, the Amendment Act clarifies the meaning of “regarded as” having a disability, including those individuals “regarded as” having a disability are not entitled to reasonable accommodations or reasonable modifications.
Lakewood Public Schools Section 504 Policy
It is the intent of the Lakewood Public Schools Board of Education to provide a free and appropriate public education to each student with a disability within its jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. It is the further intent to ensure that each student with a disability within the meaning of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is identified, evaluated, and provided with reasonable accommodations and/or adaptations to ensure appropriate educational services.
The Section 504 District Coordinator, as appointed by the District Superintendent, will serve as the administrator to carry out the policy within the school district.
District 504 Coordinator for Lakewood Public Schools
Lauren Christensen, Director of Curriculum
223 W. Broadway
Woodland, MI 48897