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Under Section 504, a person with a “disability” is simply one who (1) “has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of the expanded major life activities,” without taking into account mitigating measures (2) has a record of such an impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.  34 C.F.R. §104.3(j) (1).  Substantial limitation means the student is experiencing serious difficulty meeting minimum academic requirements, behavioral expectations, or a combination of both.  It does not mean that the student is not working up to his/her potential or earning the best grades he/she can earn.  To meet eligibility, the impact on major life activities must be such that the student needs an individualized and systematic plan of accommodations and services.

A Section 504 Committee composed of the campus Section 504 Coordinator and persons knowledgeable about the student, the meaning of the evaluation data, and the placement options meet to determine eligibility.  The evaluation data consists of data gathered from various sources.