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29 11, 2018

Is FAPE Required Under a 504 Plan?

2019-05-22T11:51:10-05:00

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance, including federal funds. Section 504 provides that: “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . .”1 The U.S. Department of Education (ED) enforces Section 504 in programs and activities that receive funds from ED. Recipients [...]

Is FAPE Required Under a 504 Plan?2019-05-22T11:51:10-05:00
22 08, 2018

Outside the Box College Accommodations for Students with Mental Health Disabilities

2018-08-22T16:41:38-05:00

Students who have a mental health condition may need additional support to help them do the best they can in school and work. The “Americans with Disabilities Act” (ADA) entitles students with disabilities, like mental health conditions, to get academic help with academic accommodations and other legal rights. Most schools are used to providing typical accommodations such as: note taker, extra time for assignments, and assistive technology for students of many different disabilities. Yet, the challenges of having a mental health condition are unique. These tips will help you to think “outside-the-box” to get the educational accommodations that help you with [...]

Outside the Box College Accommodations for Students with Mental Health Disabilities2018-08-22T16:41:38-05:00
10 05, 2018

5 Options for Resolving a 504 Plan Dispute

2018-07-23T14:41:39-05:00

Sometimes, a school district and parents disagree on the details or delivery of a child’s 504 plan. Some disagreements become serious disputes. A good example is when a school won’t provide assistive technology for a child. The term “504 plan” is from Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, a federal law protecting the civil rights of people with disabilities. Section 504 provides several ways to resolve conflicts. However, the federal law leaves many of the details up to individual states and school districts. Schools are required to notify parents about the process and usually do so in writing. If your child [...]

5 Options for Resolving a 504 Plan Dispute2018-07-23T14:41:39-05:00
8 05, 2018

Can a Student Have Both an IEP and a 504 Plan?

2018-11-29T09:00:56-05:00

It’s possible to have both, but it would be very unusual for your child to need both. Here’s why: Everything that’s in a 504 plan can be included in an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP can also provide services and supports that would be not available in a 504 plan. So if your child qualifies for an IEP, typically there is no reason to also have a 504 plan. […]

Can a Student Have Both an IEP and a 504 Plan?2018-11-29T09:00:56-05:00
9 11, 2017

My Child’s 504 Plan Doesn’t Seem to Be Working. Now What?

2018-07-23T14:15:32-05:00

Are you concerned your child’s 504 plan isn’t working? Sometimes 504 plans need to be adjusted to better serve your child and help her make progress. Here are steps you can take if you think your child’s 504 plan isn’t working. 1. Define what “not working” means to you. The first step is to identify why you think the 504 plan isn’t working. Maybe you expected your child to improve in certain areas or have higher grades because of the 504 plan. Maybe you’re concerned that there’s a snag or mix-up with your child’s services and supports. You might think she needs different accommodations or [...]

My Child’s 504 Plan Doesn’t Seem to Be Working. Now What?2018-07-23T14:15:32-05:00
21 08, 2017

Does My Child’s 504 Plan Have to Be Reviewed at the Beginning of Each School Year?

2018-08-16T13:16:28-05:00

Does my child’s 504 plan have to be revisited at the beginning of each school year? Is there a legal requirement to review it annually? No, unlike with IEPs, there’s no legal requirement to review a 504 plan each year. But it’s a good idea to have an annual 504 plan review meeting anyway. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a situation where you wouldn’t want to revisit the plan at the start of the year. The new school year brings a lot of changes for your child—such as new teachers, curriculum and classes. If your child is starting middle or [...]

Does My Child’s 504 Plan Have to Be Reviewed at the Beginning of Each School Year?2018-08-16T13:16:28-05:00

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