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Section 504

Section 504 is a federal civil rights law that protects the rights of students with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. The Heartland AEA Section 504 consultant assists districts/schools to interpret and comply with this federal law. Districts/schools must make programs, activities and facilities accessible for all students.

If you are a parent and would like more information about Section 504 support, contact the Family & Educator Partnership coordinator who serves your district.

If you are a district/school staff member and would like more information about Section 504, contact:

MaryAnn Strawhacker headshot
MaryAnn T. Strawhacker
Special Education Nurse/Section 504 Consultant
(800) 255-0405 ext. 14513


For state resources and legal information, contact:

Fred Kinne
Bureau of School Improvement
Iowa Department of Education
(515) 281-6293

For federal resources, complaints and information, visit:

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