How is a 504 plan different from an IEP?

Differences. An IEP is an in-depth document for all students who require special education services. A 504 plan can accommodate students who can learn within a general education environment with stated modifications. An IEP can provide services and supports that a 504 plan can’t, such as specialized instruction.

Is IEP or 504 better?

A 504 Plan is a better option when the student is able to function well in a regular education environment with accommodations. The 504 is generally less restrictive than the IEP, and it is also less stigmatizing. An IEP is a better option for students with a disability that is adversely impacting education.

Is ADHD a 504 or IEP?

Children with ADHD often receive services under Section 504 because the requirements for IDEA are more stringent. ADHD falls into the classification of Other Health Impaired (OHI).

What is the purpose of a 504 plan?

The 504 Plan is a plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment.

Is there a downside to having a 504 plan?

There really is no disadvantage. The only possible disadvantage may be that there is usually more money tied into Special Education so she may receive more services under an IEP but in her case I’m not even sure what she’d classify under.

What qualifies as a 504 disability?

DISABILITIES COVERED UNDER SECTION 504

The ED Section 504 regulation defines an “individual with handicaps” as any person who (i) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, (ii) has a record of such an impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having such an impairment.

Is a 504 a disability?

Section 504 has a broader definition of a disability than IDEA. (It says a disability must substantially limit one or more basic life activities. This can include learning, reading, communicating, and thinking.) That’s why a child who doesn’t qualify for an IEP might still be able to get a 504 plan.

Is a medical diagnosis required for a 504?

A student must have a specific medical diagnosis to be considered for Section §504. There is no legal basis under 504 to require a medical diagnosis.

Who qualifies for a Section 504 plan?

To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to: (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or (2) have a record of such an impairment; or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment.

How long is a 504 plan good for?

The law doesn’t require an annual 504 plan re-evaluation. It only requires “periodic re-evaluation,” which is generally every three years or so. If there are significant changes in your child’s needs or placement in school, then you may want to consider asking for a re-evaluation, in addition to a review.

How do I prepare for a 504 Meeting?

7 Tips for a Productive 504 Meeting
  1. Make sure you’re invited.
  2. Pull and review your child’s records.
  3. Think about accommodations.
  4. Help the 504 team get to know your child.
  5. Ask for clarification.
  6. Make sure the plan is complete and specific.
  7. Ask for a copy of your child’s new 504 plan.

Does a 504 plan cover anxiety?

Children and adolescents diagnosed with anxiety disorders may be eligible for services, accommodations, or modifications under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

What does a 504 plan cover?

504 plans are formal plans that schools develop to give kids with disabilities the support they need. That covers any condition that limits daily activities in a major way. And they protect the rights of kids with disabilities in school. They’re covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act .

What are reasonable accommodations for anxiety?

But an anxiety disorder that puts significant limits on your daily activities is a disability under the ADA. Assuming your anxiety disorder qualifies as a disability, you are entitled to a reasonable accommodation: changes to your job or your workplace to enable you to perform the essential functions of your position.