Section 504: DENYING SERVICES

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Jenna:  I have been told that students on a 504 plan cannot receive any services such as speech and language, OT or paraprofessional (aide). I don’t see any specific language stating that they can be denied these services, is it true or not?

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John

If the student has speech and language deficits and has needs that require a paraprofessional through the day, I would question why the student hasn’t been considered for an IEP.

Please understand that for a child to be eligible for special ed and related services, the child must be evaluated and must meet two criteria: she must have a disability and she must must NEED special education. (please read the legal definition of “child with a disability” and “special education” in the IDEA.) In general, a parent or teacher refers the child for an evaluation which will determine if the child meets these criteria.

Jill G

Jenna –

504 plans can most definitively include related services and supports.

Section 504 requires school districts to provide a free appropriate public education to eligible students with disabilities. The Section 504 regulations define appropriate education as “the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services that are designed to meet individual educational needs” of the eligible student (at §104.33).