Accommodations remove barriers to learning in order to level the playing field for students with disabilities or students with an impairment that affects abilities such as hearing, seeing, walking, learning, reading, or concentrating. Students with disabilities or impairments are protected by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, sometimes called “504,” or “Section 504.” Section 504 is a civil rights law that stops discrimination against people with disabilities in many different settings. Section 504 is broader than IDEA (the special education law), and potentially covers more people than IDEA. Some students meet the eligibility requirements for both an IEP under IDEA and for a 504 Plan under Section 504. If that is the case, students should opt for the IEP under IDEA.