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What is a 504 plan?

The 504 Plan is a plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment.

What qualifies for a 504?

Definition of Disability under Section 504 and ADAAA: With a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or. Who has a record of such an impairment, or?  

What does the 504 plan do?

Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled are met.

Who qualifies for a 504 plan?

Under §504, there is no list of "approved" disabling conditions. A person with a "disability" is simply one who (1) "has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities," (2) has a record of such an impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment. 34 C.F.R.

Is a 504 plan a legal document?

A 504-plan is a legally binding document that falls under the provisions of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In terms of educational purpose, it is designed to plan an instructional program to assist students with special needs who are attending their school's regular education program.

Do you need a diagnosis for a 504?

Section 504 requires a child to have an evaluation before receiving a 504 Plan. ... Decisions about who qualifies for Section 504 cannot be based solely on a single source of data (i.e. a doctor's diagnosis or grades). A medical diagnosis is NOT required under Section 504.

Can you have a 504 plan in college?

The short answer is there are no IEPs or 504 plans in college. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the law that provides students with IEPs, no longer applies to them once they graduate from high school. ... Colleges have to provide accommodations under Section 504.

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