What Is a 504 Plan
504 plans are formal plans that schools develop to give students with disabilities the supports they need. These plans prevent discrimination and protect the rights of students with disabilities in school. They’re covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which is a civil rights law.
What Goes Into a 504 Plan
504 plans often include accommodations. These can include changes to the environment, changes to instruction, or changes to how curriculum is presented. Accommodations don’t change what students learn, just how they learn it. The goal is to remove barriers and give students access to learning.
How to Get a 504 Plan
The process for getting a 504 plan is much different, and simpler, than the process for getting an IEP. With 504 plans, schools look at information about a student from a few different sources. One source might be a medical diagnosis. Schools might also look at the student’s grades, test scores and teacher recommendations. Parents or schools can request a 504 plan through the school’s 504 coordinator. The request must be made in writing. The school will then hold a meeting to decide if the child qualifies and what supports are appropriate.