You probably find IEP and 504 meetings confusing in general, and now after the Coronavirus things may feel even worse. At meetings parents are outnumbered by school people. They seem to speak a foreign language of special education acronyms. And your questions are often left unanswered.
All you want is understand the IEP process and help your special needs child. You may not even be sure of the meaning of an IEP vs. a 504 Plan. You’re not alone if you think an accommodation is something more you book at a hotel. On the other hand, you might know all of those terms but need to strategize with an expert. Look no further.
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An IEP (Individualized Education Plan or Individualized Education Program) provides educational support to students with disabilities. One of the main goals of an IEP is to improve a student’s learning abilities. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the disabilities which an IEP can help. The type of education that these children receive is special because if the student qualifies it encompass special services such as physical, speech, and occupational therapy. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) underlies an IEP plan.
A 504 Plan, on the other hand, ensures that students with disabilities get classroom accommodations. 504 accommodations, such as extra time to answer questions, can improve the learning process of a disabled student. Students with “mental” or physical impairments which significantly impact major life activities such as learning may qualify for this plan. Below are more details on these two plans.
IEP and 504 plans help to ensure that children with disabilities receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). However, these plans are different. IEP plans will cover your children only if they qualify for special education. On the flip side, 504 plans will cover your children if they require special accommodations. Generally, a 504 Plan assists children who do not qualify for the special education services or instruction of an IEP.
It takes a village to ensure that the education goals of kids with disabilities are met. At an IEP meeting, you can expect to have all of most of the following in attendance:
There are a number of ways a school district or individual school can accommodate students with disabilities. Here are a few examples which could come with a 504 Plan or an IEP: