Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. Title II prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by state and local governments. The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), also a component of the U.S. Department of Education, administers the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a statute which funds special education programs. Each state educational agency is responsible for administering IDEA within the state and distributing the funds for special education programs. IDEA is a grant statute and attaches many specific conditions to the receipt of Federal IDEA funds. Section 504 and the ADA are antidiscrimination laws and do not provide any type of funding.
The regional Office for Civil Rights
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
One Petticoat Lane, 1010 Walnut St, 3rd Fl. Ste 320, Kansas City, MO 64106
Telephone: 816-268-0550, FAX: 816-268-0599; TDD: 800-877-8339
For more information contact:
Division of Special Education and Early Learning
South Dakota Department of Education, 800 Governors Dr., Pierre, SD 57501