The issue can be raised by a parent or legal guardian, teacher, physician, or therapist. A 504 plan can help when a student returns to school after a serious injury or illness, or when a student isn’t eligible for special education services or an IEP, but still needs extra services to succeed academically.
- 1 Who can refer a student for Section 504?
- 2 Who decides a 504 plan?
- 3 How do you get a 504 plan?
- 4 Who is responsible for implementing a 504 plan?
- 5 Who are required members of the Section 504 Committee?
- 6 Do you need a diagnosis for a 504?
- 7 Who determines what that will be used for the Section 504 evaluation?
- 8 What are my child’s rights with a 504 plan?
- 9 What are some 504 accommodations?
- 10 How do I qualify for a 504 in California?
- 11 How do you write a 504 letter request?
- 12 Which is better a 504 plan or an IEP?
Who can refer a student for Section 504?
Students who are suspected of having a 504 disability can be referred for evaluation by a parent or by members of the District’s certified staff.
Who decides a 504 plan?
The decision for qualification under the 504 Plan is made by a team. The team includes the parents of the student, the teachers, and the school head. The parents of the child are given equal importance in the decision. The team discusses the child’s disability and determines if it influences his or her learning.
How do you get a 504 plan?
If that’s you, here are seven steps to get your child a 504 plan.
- Document your child’s needs.
- Find out who the school’s 504 coordinator is.
- Write a formal request for a 504 plan.
- Follow up on your request.
- Go through the 504 plan evaluation process.
- Meet with the school to see if your child qualifies.
Who is responsible for implementing a 504 plan?
Once developed a 504 plan is a legal contract between the school district and the student. Teachers are responsible for implementing designated services and strategies identified on a student’s plan. Teachers do not have the discretion to decline or refuse to implement any component of a 504 plan.
Who are required members of the Section 504 Committee?
A parent (or guardian) The student with a disability whenever appropriate. The 504 team typically consists of:
- The 504 coordinator.
- The principal or another representative from the school’s administration.
- The parent (or guardian)
- Sometimes a guidance counselor may also be part of the team.
Do you need a diagnosis for a 504?
Section 504 requires a child to have an evaluation before receiving a 504 Plan. Decisions about who qualifies for Section 504 cannot be based solely on a single source of data (i.e. a doctor’s diagnosis or grades). A medical diagnosis is NOT required under Section 504.
Who determines what that will be used for the Section 504 evaluation?
A team of qualified professionals will determine through evaluation whether the student is eligible for Section 504 services and consider the placement and service options.
What are my child’s rights with a 504 plan?
Section 504 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Section 504 ensures that the child with a disability has equal access to an education. The child may receive accommodations and modifications.
What are some 504 accommodations?
Examples of accommodations in 504 plans include:
- preferential seating.
- extended time on tests and assignments.
- reduced homework or classwork.
- verbal, visual, or technology aids.
- modified textbooks or audio-video materials.
- behavior management support.
- adjusted class schedules or grading.
- verbal testing.
How do I qualify for a 504 in California?
504 Plan Eligibility
- Suffer from a disability that severely hinders their ability to carry out essential life activities such a seeing, walking, or reading.
- Have an officially documented physical or mental impairment.
- Have a ‘non-temporary’ disability.
How do you write a 504 letter request?
To address these concerns I am requesting that [student name] be considered for an accommodation plan pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Thank you in advance for your collaborative efforts to provide [student name] with the accommodations [he/she] needs to access an appropriate and quality education.
Which is better a 504 plan or an IEP?
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.