“Does my child need an IEP for speech therapy and tutoring and a 504 Plan for accommodations and academic interventions?”
No. Your child with a disability does not need an IEP for some needs and a 504 plan for others. Having two plans is confusing, more work and is unnecessary.
If your child’s team doesn’t understand the legal requirements for educating children with disabilities, they may prepare both forms. If the team prepares two plans to meet one child’s needs, it’s far more more likely that someone will drop the ball.
A properly written IEP can meet all your child’s needs . . .If your child has a disability and an IEP, your child is automatically covered by Section 504. The IEP must address ALL the child’s needs that are related to the disability, including accommodations and modifications. When your child has an IEP, you and your child have many more rights and protections than a child who has a 504 plan.
Wrightslaw Note: If you are confused about how to manage your child’s special education program during the last year of high school, we encourage you to read Persistent Myths About IEPs, 504s, College Admissions, and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities by Elizabeth Hamblet.
Elizabeth is an expert on transition and the author of From High School to College: Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities, a unique step-by-step guide for college-bound students, their families, and the special educators and school counselors who work with them.