Tips to Equip Video: IEPs and 504 Plans (Part 1)

Jun 14, 2024 | Articles, Videos



The Ins and Outs of IEP’s and 504 Plans: How do you know which one your child needs?

The IEP requires specialized instruction. Specialized instruction or special education means changing the content, method, or delivery of instruction in order to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.

In other words, special education is adding something different to the general education program.

It’s a determination that the general education setting can’t be accommodated or modified to meet the unique needs of the student. They need something different than what the other students are receiving in the general education environment.

Children who have higher needs as a result of their disability might be more appropriately served on an IEP rather than a 504 plan.

On the other hand, a 504 Plan only requires equal access. The goal of the 504 plan is to provide the student with accommodations and modifications that are needed so the child with the disability can access the school program.

A 504 plan does require eligibility, but it is a broad eligibility standard. The student must have a physical or mental disability that substantially limits a major life activity, such as education. It is a much broader eligibility standard than that for an IEP.

(To be continued)




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