Degrees and Certifications:
What is 504?
A 504 Plan helps a child with special health care needs to fully participate in school. Usually, a 504 Plan is used by a general education student who is not eligible for special education services. A 504 Plan lists accommodations related to the child’s disability and required by the child so that he or she may participate in the general classroom setting and educational programs.
What are some differences between IDEA and Section 504 Plans?
|Purpose||A Civil Rights Act that gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to fully participate with their peers to the greatest extent possible.||An Education Act, that provides a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to children who qualify under one or more of the 14 broad categories|
|Responsibility||General Education||Special Education|
|Funding||Provides no additional funding||Provides additional federal funding to states and school districts|
|Covers||All persons with disabilities||Ages 3-21|
|Administration||Section 504 Coordinator||Special Education Director|
|Service Plan||Accommodation Plan||Individualized Education Program|
|Disabilities||Any disability, if eligible||14 qualifying categories|
|Parents||Should be involved in all team meetings||Must be involved in all team meetings|
|Procedural Safeguards||Notice of consent of parents is required||Parent consent and notice required for initial evaluation, placement, and reevaluation|
|Evaluation and Eligibility||An evaluation is necessary before it can be determined if a child is eligible under Section 504. Documentation can be gathered from a variety of sources instead of completing a formal school evaluation.||Evaluation draws on information from a variety sources in the area of concern. A group decision (including parents) is made with persons knowledgeable about the student, evaluation data and placement options. Written parental consent is not required to evaluate, however prior notice must be provided.|
|Requirements for Delivering Services|
Does not require a written plan but does require written documentation that services were provided. Requires the school to provide reasonable accommodations, supports and auxiliary aides.
Defines “Appropriate Education” as comparable to the one provided to general education students.
Requires a written Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Defines “Appropriate Education” as a program reasonably calculated to provide “educational benefit” to the student.