IEPs: IEP vs 504, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

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Dianne:  My son was diagnosed with FASD, Autism and other disabilities. I requested an IEP but due to his intelligence they are saying he qualifies for 504 but not an IEP. FASD children test really well and I tried to provide plenty of documentation from various therapists, doctors but still no IEP.
Is 504 as good as an IEP? What is difference?

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Chuck

Eligibility for special ed services is based on having a disability & having an educational need. This can include academic, behavioral, & social skill needs. As said below you need to educate yourself on the facts. There is great material here to help you.

Dianne, You need to educate yourself about these issues before you make any decisions about her education. We have written hundreds of articles on Section 504 and IEPs and the differences between the two laws. You need to search this blog and the Wrightslaw.com site, find them, read them.

Here is a link to an article where the facts are similar to yours.
https://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/what-is-the-timeline-for-developing-a-section-504-plan/

After you read and understand the differences between a 504 Plan v. an IEP, as described in this article, read some of the Qs & As about Section 504 v. IEPs in the Database here: https://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/helpline-topics-s/

YOU need to become the expert on your daughter and her needs. I can’t stress the importance of this enough.