School and Education

 IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)Section 504ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
PurposeProvide a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE)Establish a level playing field” and prevent discrimination based on a disabilityProtects individual from discrimination based on their disability in connection with any public or private program receiving federal financial assistanceStrengthens Section 504 and extends coverage to employment, private institutions and other previously unarmed agencies and organizations. 
Applies toAll public school, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade or age 21, if enrolled in a public secondary programAll institutions and programs receiving federal financial assistance. Includes private institutions where students receive federal financial assistance (for example, colleges, universities, and k12 schools)Public and private education, employment, transportation, accommodations, and telecommunications, regardless of whether there is federal funding (for example, all colleges, universities, and k12 schools)
CoversStudents who have education disabilities that require special education services to age 21 or until graduationAll qualified persons with disabilities regardless or whether they received services in elementary or secondary school. A person is “other qualified” is she/he is able to meet the requisite academic and technical standards, with or without accommodations. All qualified persons with disabilities and people without disabilities who are discriminated against because of their relationship with a person with a disability. 
Defined asAll disabilities covered under IDEANo specific list of disabilities. The definition of a person with a disability is a person with a physical or mental impairment that a) substantially limits one or more major life activitiesb) Has a record of the disability c) Is regarded as having the disabilitySame criteria as Section 504. HIV status, contagious and noncontagious disease are also defined as disabilities. 
ProcessResponsibility of the school. No expense to the parent or the student. Transfer of parental rights to the student at age of 18 (unless parent obtains guardianship)Responsibility of the student to self-identify to the institution and provide appropriate documentation of disability. Responsibility of the student to self-identify to the institution and provide appropriate documentation of disability. 

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