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INFORMATION REGARDING SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 AND AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)

Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are federal laws, which prohibit discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving Federal financial assistance. The Acts define a person with a disability as anyone who:

1. has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities i.e., caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, learning, and working
2. has a record of such impairment; or
3. is regarded as having such impairment.

In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504 and the ADA, the Los Lunas Schools recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination against any person with a disability. No discrimination will knowingly be permitted in any of the programs and practices in the school system.

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) also specifies rights related to educational records. This Act gives the parent or guardian the right to:

1. inspect and to review his/her child's educational records
2. make copies of these records
3. receive a list of all individuals having access to those records
4. ask for an explanation of any item in the records
5. ask for an amendment to any report on the grounds that it is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the child's rights
6. a hearing on the issue if the school refuses to make the amendment.

If there are questions, please feel free to contact the District 504 Compliance Officer/ADA Coordinator, Juliette Romero-Benavidez, Assistant Superintendent for the school district, at 866-8323.
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