504 Accommodations


504 District Coordinator:

Susan Maselli, Admin for PPS 617.696-4470 x 5572 or smaselli@miltonps.org 


What is Section 504?


Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability.  Section 504 is a civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled are met.  Students may be eligible to receive accommodations under Section 504 if they have a qualifying disability.


504 or IEP?

The 504 Plan is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability receives accommodations that will ensure equal access to the learning environment.

The Individualized Educational Program (IEP) is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability receives specialized instruction and related services.

The Difference...


Not all students with disabilities qualify for Special Education Services. In order to qualify for Special Education, a student must require specialized instruction and related services.


504 Accommodations


There are many types of accommodations that may be provided through a 504 Plan.  Some examples include:

  • Preferential Seating
  • Extended Testing Time
  • Large-Print Materials
  • Access to Assistive Technology
  • Small Group Testing
  • Typed Responses
  • Oral/Typed Instructions
  • Allow Frequent Breaks


If you are in elementary school, please contact your team chairperson to discuss A 504. Please contact your guidance counselor if your child attends grades 6-12.


Testing and College Admission

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides guidance when considering testing a student for college related concerns.