“Can a child have an IEP for speech and a 504 for academic interventions?”
There is nothing in the law that says a child with a disability should have an IEP for some needs and a 504 plan for others. It’s confusing, it’s more work, and it’s unnecessary.
A school that does not understand the requirements for educating children with disabilities may prepare both forms. If the school prepares two plans, they are just making more paperwork.
It makes no sense to have two different plans to meet the needs of the same child – the IEP will cover everything.
There is no reason to have an IEP for speech (or OT or academic remediation) and a 504 plan for other needs that are related to a child’s disability.
If your child has a disability and an IEP, he is automatically covered by Section 504. If your child has an IEP and needs academic interventions, this should be included his IEP. The IEP is required to address ALL of a child’s needs that are related to the disability.
In addition, an IEP also provides the child and the child’s family with more rights and protections than 504 plans.
Considerations for Senior Year
Parents should consider having a 504 plan from the public school in the last two years prior to attending college, since college disability offices recognize 504 and ADA, but not IDEA.
Read this outstanding article by Marilyn Bartlett, Transitioning from High School to Post-Secondary Education.
Dr. Bartlett explains why transition from the IEP to a 504 plan in the freshman or sophomore year can be very important.