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The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
September 5, 2001

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ISSN: 1538-3202


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Highlights: This issue focuses on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Get answers to frequently asked questions; learn about rights and benefits under Section 504; 504 Plans; eligibility.

Subscribers as September 5, 2001: 29,438


SPECIAL ISSUE: SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT

1. Child with 504 plans is failing, What can parents do?

"My daughter is in 8th grade and has a 504 plan. On recent progress reports, she received two C's and two F's. When I met with school personnel to request that she receive more help, the principal said she must fail before the school can test her. What can we do?"

What do you think? Must children get failing grades before schools can evaluate them for special education? How is a 504 Plan different from an IEP?

This parent needs a Wrightslaw Game Plan. Follow this link to learn what she should do.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/sec504.idea.eligibility.htm


2. Is it legal to send Special Ed kids home early?

Amazingly, we continue to receive questions about school districts that have one set of rules for "special ed kids" and a different set of rules for everyone else.

In this article, we answer questions about "early dismissals," and describe how one group of parents launched a discovery mission and brought a successful OCR complaint against a Virginia school district.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/ltrs/kids_sent_home.htm


3. Must teachers provide accommodations & modifications in child's IEP?

Do teachers have to provide the accommodations and modifications listed in the child's IEP? Pete answers questions, discusses teaching skills v. providing accommodations and modifications, Diana Hanbury King and Helen Keller, and shares his "Big Gripe" about special education.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/ltrs/accoms.mods.kelly.htm


4. Wrightslaw discussion: Section 504, ADA, IDEA

Many parents and educators are confused about rights and benefits under Section 504 and the IDEA.

This article describes the purposes of these laws and differences in legal rights in several important areas: eligibility, procedural safeguards, impartial hearings, access v. educational benefit, and discipline.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/sec504.summ.rights.htm


5. Section 504 And ADA: New topics page

Want to learn more about Section 504, the ADA, and how to protect your child from discrimination? Visit our new Section 504 topic page for more questions, answers, articles, and law.


6. IEP IQ Quiz, Links in new topics pages

What is your IEP IQ? Have you taken the IEP Quiz? If your answer is "no," please take time to take it!

We continue to revise the Wrightslaw site, organizing information into topics. Here are links to the new topics pages:

Advocacy

Assessment/Testing

Autism

FAPE

IEPs

Mediation

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