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Posted by Robin on September 03, 2000 at 21:52:47:

In Reply to: ADHD, School, 504 plan? What's that? I need help... posted by Lee on September 01, 2000 at 03:40:22:

: Hi All,
: My son started 6th grade on Monday. He went 4 whole days without a complaint and said he actually enjoyed his new schedule. Today however, he came home crying. He felt he was already falling behind in his classwork. He told me that he had extra homework because he couldn't keep up during class, he wasn't even sure what the assignment was. I calmed him down and reassured him that all would be ok. I then call his school immediately. I spoke to two of his teachers who informed me that he was doing great. My son certainly didn't feel that way. I made an appointment to speak with all 4 of his teachers, as a study team, to discuss an action plan for the following semester. It was suggested to me that a 504 plan would be very helpful in assisting my son with his work since he didn't qualify for an IEP/SE. I did some research on 504 since I had never heard of it before. I understand that it is a disability act but I don't understand how the 504 plan could help my son. Is there anyone with a child currently involved with 504, or does anyone have knowledge about it? I really need help. I want my son's 6th grade experience to be more pleasant than what his 5th grade was.
: Thank you.
: Lee

:Lee: A 504 is the Disabilities Bill number given a the Fed Govt, if the school wants to meet with you about, by all means do so, by setting up a 504 for your child he/she will receive a modified curiculum designed specifically to his/her needs. My child started with a 504 and then progressed to an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan). Most important is to keep on top of things. Call the Board of Education to make sure the 504 has been filed with them. I found out my child's hadn't, don't let your child be "swept under the rug". It takes a lot of time and patience, but your child is entitled to these benefits and the school system is required by Federal law to provide whatever it takes to make him/her successful. Good Luck

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