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Plans for Accommodation (IEP & 504 Plans)

Every child is entitled to a learning environment which fosters academic success. Federal laws safeguard this right for children who have disabilities: the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. An IEP (Individualized Education Plan) is a plan to address the academic needs of a child with one or more of the 13 disabilities listed in IDEA. The list includes physical, emotional and intellectual disabilities (such as ADHD) which affect the child’s educational performance and/or the child’s ability to learn and benefit from general education curriculum. In such a case, the child needs specialized instruction to make progress in school.

Understanding Section 504: A Broader Perspective on Disabilities

Section 504 defines disability more broadly than IDEA. Any disability which interferes with the child’s ability to learn in a general education classroom qualifies the child for a 504 plan if that disability substantially limits one or more basic life activities. This can include learning, reading, communicating and thinking. A child who doesn’t qualify for an IEP may still be eligible for a 504 Plan.

Navigating Educational Support: IEP and 504 Plans Explained

An IEP is created by an IEP team which must include a child’s parent(s)/caregiver(s), at least one general education teacher, at least one special education teacher, a school psychologist or another specialist who can interpret evaluation results, and a district representative with authority over special education services. A 504 plan is created by a team of people familiar with the child and who understand the evaluation results and special services options. The team might include the child’s parent or guardian, general and special education teachers, and the school principal.

An IEP is a blueprint or detailed plan for a child’s special education experience at school; it provides individualized special education to meet a child’s unique needs. A 504 plan specifies how the school will provide support and remove barriers for a student by providing services and changes to the learning environment to enable the student to learn alongside their peers. A child with an IEP or 504 plan receives services at no cost.

Fostering Academic Success: Collaborative Approaches for Girls with Turner Syndrome

You may begin to explore the ways that can improve academic success by partnering with teachers and school administrators. In addition, it is essential for girls with TS to be involved in the decision-making process. While you may not be an expert in the evaluation process, understanding how a plan can improve academic success is essential.

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