• Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

  • The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, commonly referred to as “Section 504,” is a federal statute that prohibits discrimination against persons on the basis of disability by institutions, such as Maricopa Unified School District, that receive Federal financial assistance.  It states:

    No otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

    Section 504’s purpose is, among other things, to assure that students with disabilities have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to students without disabilities.  Responsibilities of school districts under Section 504 include Child Find, Evaluation, Free Appropriate Public Education, Placement, and Procedural Safeguards.  An eligible student under Section 504 is a student who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.  If a student is covered by Section 504, Maricopa Unified School District must provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), including accommodations when necessary to ensure that the student has equal access to services, programs, and activities offered by our schools.


    Section 504 Compliance Coordinator

    Dr. Lindsay Slover, Director of Exceptional Student Services


    (520) 568-5100 ext. 1018

    School Specific Section 504 Identifiers

    Butterfield Elementary School: Alan Gofron (520)568-6100

    Desert Wind Middle School: Barbara Mallory (520)568-7110

    Maricopa Elementary School: Dr. Jennifer Robinson (520)568-5160

    Maricopa High School: Lee Bryan (520)568-8100

    Maricopa Virtual Academy: Marcus Mitchell (520)568-5194

    Maricopa Wells Middle School: Jason Szoltysik, Laura Lopez and Danielle Baird (520)568-7100

    Pima Butte Elementary School: Elizabeth Allison (520)568-7150

    Saddleback Elementary School: Marchelle Hasan (520)568-6110

    Santa Cruz Elementary School: Stephanie Rhinehart (520)568-5170

    Santa Rosa Elementary School: Eva Safranek (520)568-6150