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is Eligible for Protections Under Section 504 . . .
A: All three children are typically protected from discrimination under Section 504.
Section 504 is a civil rights law. Section 504 protects individuals
with disabilities from discrimination and ensures that
children with disabilities have equal access to an education.
Eligibility for special education and related services under IDEA, and eligibility for protection from discrimination under Section 504, are not disability-specific. This means that one child who has ADD or asthma or AIDS may be eligible for special education services under IDEA (which makes a child eligible for protections under 504) while another child who has ADD, asthma or AIDS may not be eligible for services under IDEA, but is protected from discrimination under Section 504.
Eligibility determinations are specific to each child with a disability.