Chapter 15 / Section 504 Protected Handicapped Students
The law allows for services to be provided to protected handicapped students, in addition to services for special education students as defined by Chapter 14, and services designed for identified gifted students as defined by Chapter 16. Protected handicapped students, as a group, are covered by Chapter 15 of the school code. Chapter 15 is also sometimes referred to as Section 504, which is the federal name for this program.
The goal of Chapter 15 is to provide protected handicapped students, without discrimination, related services and accommodations that are needed to allow for equal opportunity to participate in the school program. Students must meet the requirements, which include being school age with a diagnoses of a physical or mental handicap that substantially limits or prohibits participation in, or access to, an aspect of the school program.