IEPs Vs. 504 Plans: What parents need to knowSep 06, 2022
IEPs Vs. 504 Plans: What Parents Need to Know
Most parents have heard of IEPs and 504 plans, but they may not know the difference between them. IEPs and 504 plans are designed to help students with disabilities, but they do so differently.
IEPs and 504 plans are both education program that helps ensure your child receives the accommodations and services they need to succeed in school. However, there are some critical differences between the two. For example, IEPs are governed by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), while 504 plans are covered under the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
IEPs, or Individualized Education Plans, are created for students who qualify for special education services. These students must have a disability that impairs their ability to learn in a traditional classroom setting. A team of educators and parents creates IEPs, outlining the specific services and accommodations the student will receive.
504 plans, or Section 504 plans, are created for students who do not qualify for special education services but still have a disability that impacts their education. 504 plans are similar to IEPs in that they outline the accommodations and services that the student will receive.
In conclusion, IEPs and 504 plans are both options for students with disabilities. However, IEPs are more specific and tailored to the individual child, whereas 504 plans are more generalized. Therefore, parents should consult with their child's school or an educational advocate to determine the best plan for their child. If you have additional questions about IEPs vs. 504 plans, don't hesitate to contact Courtney for a free fifteen-minute consultation.