What Is A 504 Plan?

by Queenie on September 30, 2010

Image of QueenieThis month Tandem Teaching is dealing with all the in’s and out’s as it pertains to special education programs, resources and scenarios that pop up at home and in the classroom.

As a parent it is especially important for you to be aware of your rights and the privileges provided to your if they have a learning disability.

You may have heard about a 504 Plan but your still not sure what it actually is, let me break it down like this, a 504 plan is a legal document that specifies any unique learning tools and strategies that will be used to  the acommodate your child’s individual learning needs so that they may be fully integrated into the daily classroom program with ease and safety.

The 504 Plan is a part of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, its purpose is to “to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self‑sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society…” (Rehabilitation Act of 1973)

To qualify for the resources under the 504 Plan your child while attending school has to have

“1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or

(2) have a record of such an impairment; or

(3) be regarded as having such an impairment.”

In essence the 504 Plan protects the school from discriminating against them because of their learning needs and provides all the necessary modifications necessary for your child to function in the learning environment.

Knowing your rights and all these terms helps you as the parent walk with confidence should you ever need to advocate for your child.

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Queenie Lindsey is an academic coach and educational consultant. She is the founder of Tandem Teaching and Distinguished Learning Group.