Transitioning into a new school year can be exhausting; watching your child run out of his/her flip flops and walking into their school shoes. As parents, you understand the importance of having perfectly fitted shoes when strolling into the school year. It is equally important to have an academic plan tailored to your child’s needs. Students who require specially designed services need to start on the right foot to promote a smooth transition. Being mindful and faithful to your child’s disability can only ensure your child’s academic year is off on the right path.
If your child has a learning disability and requires accommodations to succeed in the classroom, there are a host of specialized services available. These specialized services are provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Understanding what your child qualifies for and how to access those services can be a challenge. Understanding the difference between a 504 Plan and an Individualized Education Program (IEP) can be your first step.
What is a 504 Plan and is it a good fit:
A 504 Plan is based on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a civil rights law that prevents discrimination based on physical disabilities. This federal law requires schools to eliminate any barriers that prevent students with disabilities from participating fully in their education. It also ensures that accommodations and support services are provided to students so they have equal access to education.
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