Dyslexia: DO DYSLEXIC STUDENTS HAVE TO HAVE A 504 INSTEAD OF AN IEP

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Samantha:  My 2 oldest daughters are 8 and 10. They are Dyslexic. They have current IEPs in Nebraska where they were extensively tested about 10 months ago. We moved to Louisiana and the SpEd department told me a few curious things. A.) Dyslexic students in this school district are all on 504s. B.) “According to Louisiana state law” Dyslexics do NOT receive IEPs because they have a couple of “Dyslexia laws” and their laws trump IDEA C.)Their IEP from Nebraska isn’t valid because they (Nebraska) use a different method for determining the presence of a SLD. D.) I was also told I cannot even request and IEP over a 504.

I was under the impression that parents had a choice. They’re implementing RTI in the form of “Interim Placement” instead of scheduling for them to be tested, saying, “They’ll get them tested.” I requested the official form to initiate child find but they seem to have NO IDEA what I’m talking about.

I know that SO MUCH of this is just plain wrong but I don’t know where to start addressing it. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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Admin
08/15/2016 11:54 pm

I’ve been thinking about your dilemma. The school wants to limit help to a Section 504 Plan. So how will a 504 Plan of accommodations ensure that your children learn to read, write, spell and do math?

Re LA state laws: federal laws, including IDEA, ALWAYS trump state laws. Always.

Admin
08/14/2016 3:56 pm

Agree with Chuck. Your state Parent Training and Information Center can help you prioritize what to do first, next, and explain the school’s responsibilities.

Chuck
08/12/2016 1:30 pm

The LA parent training & information center will know what your rights are regarding the LA Dyslexia laws & rules. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/