Re: 504 Plan - What's in it?
Basically, what "weez" said is correct.
Section 504 says that a child with disabilities (for example, adhd) cannot be discriminated in the classroom. He is therefore eligible for accomodations in the classroom to give him the same chance of succeeding that other kids have. For an ADD child, this may mean an extra day to turn in assignments, not being penalized for neatness, not losing recess as punishment for bad behavior.
An IEP is written under the federal legislation called IDEA (Individuals with Disabilites Education Act). It is for children with disabilities (like ADHD) whose disabilities are severe enough that they require special ed services. They do not have to be in "resource classes", they can be in regular ed classes, but they require a service that can't be provided in the regular ed classroom.
My 13yo is classified as special ed and has an IEP because he requires the use of the content mastery center for things like dictating answers and testing in small group settings. Next year, his freshman year in high school, the special ed department is going to supply a "helping teacher" in each of his academic classes to take legible notes for him. In addition to these special ed services, he has classroom accomodations like those mentioned above.
Section 504 is broader and easier to qualify for. An IEP, though, provides more services and the rights of the child and parent are more clearly spelled out by it. An IEP tends to be more carefully enforced but that, like selecting teachers, varies alot by school districts (and even by individual school's principals).
What makes this really confusing is that some school districts call a 504 plan an "IEP", too. Hope this helps!
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