IEP Termination: SCHOOL WANTS TO MOVE TO 504 BUT KEEP SERVICES

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Sophia:  Our child has Asperger’s and is doing well in school but has trouble with executive functioning, aural memory and behavior. The school wants to move our child to a 504 but keep services in place. This seems strange to me. Why would they want to do this? Is Due Process usually best handled through an attorney?

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Admin
03/27/2016 1:01 pm

While we hope your child continues to do well in school, we don’t know what the future holds. I would not agree to move to a 504 – 504 offers no advantages to students with disabilities.

Section 504 does not require the school to provide an individualized educational program (IEP) that is designed to meet a child’s unique needs and provide the child with educational benefit. Section 504 does not require a plan that is written. Under 504, fewer procedural safeguards are available to the child and parents than under IDEA. – See more at: https://www.wrightslaw.com/info/sec504.index.htm
This short article about 504 v. IDEA by Pat Howey, parent advocate spells out the differences.

Misty
03/27/2016 4:04 am

For me (based on past experience), I understand that a student cannot be 504 and receiving services under the Special Education program. This is an unusual case. I would seek clarification on why this method is sought for the student. I would recommend to stay under the Special Education program as it would allow more services to be provided to the student in question (e.g. in-class services/assistance).