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The difference between an IEP and 504?

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I feel like this is such a silly question, but here goes: What's the difference between a 504 Plan and an IEP?  I'm just learning about IEPs since we just had my son evaluated in January and his IEP went into effect last week.  I keep seeing people mention 504 Plans and haven't heard of them.  I'm curious as to what exactly they are and how they differ from an IEP.

by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 2:42 PM
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XOXOnBubbles
by Member on May. 17, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Great information!  I am loving this post! 

My younger son has an IEP (just graduated preschool & will be starting kindergarten in the fall).  He is great with everything besides speech.  He NEEDS to work with the speech therapist at the school on a regular basis, and thus has an IEP.  We absolutely LOVE the speech therapist at his school.  She is awesome!  :-)

lilcutie79
by Member on May. 17, 2013 at 11:29 PM

when my son was younger he had an IEP for speech, that lasted til about 5th grade and when his speech got better they dropped his IEP.  Now my son is in 7th grade and just got diaganosed with chrones so now he gets a 504. The 504 will basically let teh teachers know that if he needs to go to teh bathroom don't make him wait and don't ask any questions just let him go. His new middle school he is going to go to next year is going to give him his own bathroom pass so he can go when ever he needs to. The 504 will also allow him to miss more school days than normal for his doctor appointments and for when his chrones is flaring up and the truency officer won't come after us. the teachers alos have to accept late work and let him make up tests that he might happen to miss.  That's just some basic stuff with the 504 I'm sure when next school year starts there will be more on there but that's just some of the stuff teh counselor at his new school told me about.

nursesrit
by on Jun. 22, 2013 at 3:27 AM
Need some guidance here....

Dear daughter was just diagnosed with ADD last November.
She is 10 years old and not on medication. We had a meeting
with the school psychologist, principal, and teacher. It was decided
to have a 504 plan in place. Her teacher was awesome!!!

However, my daughter struggles with math, steps confuse
her, and verbal math questions really do her in. Even though
she can read, at times I feel she sometimes has trouble
with reading comprehension. Sometimes, she has problems
organizing her thought process before she writes a sentence.
It takes her a long time to complete homework. She passed the
5th grade, and she is going to 6th grade this coming fall.
Should we still ask for an evaluation to rule out learning
disabilities? How soon should we request an evaluation?
She will be attending the same school for 6th grade.

Thank you,
nursesrit
by on Jun. 22, 2013 at 3:30 AM
Need some guidance here....

Dear daughter was just diagnosed with ADD last November.
She is 10 years old and not on medication. We had a meeting
with the school psychologist, principal, and teacher. It was decided
to have a 504 plan in place. Her teacher was awesome!!!

However, my daughter struggles with math, steps confuse
her, and verbal math questions really do her in. Even though
she can read, at times I feel she sometimes has trouble
with reading comprehension. Sometimes, she has problems
organizing her thought process before she writes a sentence.
It takes her a long time to complete homework. She passed the
5th grade, and she is going to 6th grade this coming fall.
Should we still ask for an evaluation to rule out learning
disabilities? How soon should we request an evaluation?
She will be attending the same school for 6th grade.

Thank you,
maxswolfsuit
by Max on Jun. 22, 2013 at 8:40 AM

You might want to start a new post since this is so old.  You will get more replies to a new post with your question in the OP. 


Based on what you said it doesn't sound like she is a good candidate for an IEP. Students who qualify for IEPs are generally years behind their peers academically. Most students struggle with some skills and the things you're describing are pretty typical issue kids that age often have.

You can have things put in her 504 to help her with those problems. You can ask for modify homework or have her read things aloud to a peer. 

Quoting nursesrit:

Need some guidance here....

Dear daughter was just diagnosed with ADD last November.
She is 10 years old and not on medication. We had a meeting
with the school psychologist, principal, and teacher. It was decided
to have a 504 plan in place. Her teacher was awesome!!!

However, my daughter struggles with math, steps confuse
her, and verbal math questions really do her in. Even though
she can read, at times I feel she sometimes has trouble
with reading comprehension. Sometimes, she has problems
organizing her thought process before she writes a sentence.
It takes her a long time to complete homework. She passed the
5th grade, and she is going to 6th grade this coming fall.
Should we still ask for an evaluation to rule out learning
disabilities? How soon should we request an evaluation?
She will be attending the same school for 6th grade.

Thank you,


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