Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Section 504 requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of students without disabilities. A student may have a learning-, behavior-, or health-related impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. A referral may be made to the School Building Level Committee (SBLC) to request a Section 504 Evaluation. The committee must gather a preponderance of evidence to determine eligibility. A single source of information (such as a doctor’s report) cannot be the only information considered. In considering substantial limitations, students must be measured against their same age, non-disabled peers in the general population. A student found to be eligible under Section 504 may receive accommodations in order to be afforded equal access to educational opportunities. The ultimate goal of education for all students, with or without disabilities, is to give students the knowledge and compensating skills they will need to be able to function in life after graduation.
The West Baton Rouge Parish School System and all of its entities (including Special Education & Career and Technical Education Programs) does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, disability or gender in its educational programs and activities (including employment and application for employment), and it is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of gender by Title IX (20 USC 168) and on the basis of disability by Section 504 (42 USC 794).
The Title IX Coordinator is Barbara Burke, Director of Human Resources, at (225) 343-8309.
The Section 504 Coordinator is Joni Nabors, (225) 343-8405.
Degrees and Certifications:
Joni Nabors, Coordinator of 504 & Dyslexia
225-343-8405, Extension 1709
Coordinator of 504 & Dyslexia
Bachelor’s & Master’s from University of Montevallo
Nationally Board Certified by ASHA in Speech-Language Pathology
Education Specialist from U of M in School Administration
Certification in Supervisor of Special Education from LSU