Section 504: SCHOOL SAID “MUST FAIL” TO GET 504 PLAN

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Ann:  My 8th grade daughter has been diagnosed with PTSD. I had wanted to request a 504 plan for her since she is having trouble concentrating but was informed by the district coordinator that the committee needed evidence that she was functioning below grade level or failing her classes. She is in advanced classes so she is not functioning below grade level. She got 2 c’s for the first marking period. I want her to feel comfortable in school and have the opportunity to meet her potential. Is the district acting in accordance with the ADA? If not, what document could I refer the coordinator to so that my daughter would be considered for a 504 plan?

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You can bring an expert to the 504 eligibility meeting to attest to how her disability is affecting her (both functioning and academics). If your daughter is taking medication, they are supposed to determine eligibility as though she were not taking it. Log the ways her disability is affecting her ability to access the curriculum.
It can be helpful in your strategizing to sit down and brainstorm about the accommodations you feel would be helpful for her.
See if you and your daughter can pick a couple of areas where you could withdraw your support and let her fall on her fanny, to get the school’s attention.
The last resort would be to file for due process.

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