Section 504: DENYING REQUEST FOR 504 SERVICES

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Tricia:  I think my daughter’s school is going to deny my request for 504 services. What should I do to be prepared for the next meeting? (We had one meeting wherein it was agreed and evaluation would be conducted.)

Also, during first meeting they talked about medicating for 10 minutes. I don’t have confidence in this team.

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Aa

For your 2nd question, I would read IDEA “Prohibition on Mandatory Medication Amendment” which outlines school personnel’s rights and responsibilities. For the 1st, before a meeting, here’s how I prepared: IEP Meeting – I prepared with written notes. These included 1-Clear and reasonable Goals for child (educational, social, behavior) 2-Reasoning to prove need (documents, tests, class assignments, records, notes from teachers, professionals, logs I made of behavior, emotions, homework, etc.) 3-Knowledge that a good cooperative working relationship between yourself and teacher will be invaluable over anything else.

To follow up on Aa’s comment about the prohibition on mandatory medication: the law relating to “Prohibition of Mandatory Medication” is at U. S. C. § 1412(c)(25) (see page 84 of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law) and in the federal special education regulations at 34 CFR 300.174 (see page 225 of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd ed.)

Suggest you bring this info about the law relating to the next meeting.