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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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02/24/2021 1:29 pm

My 7th grade son had a 504 established last year for ADD. However, it was never followed. Several emails and phone conferences over the last few months I expressed how my son was regressing rather than progressing as one would think after a 504 plan was created. I was told multiple times he would be fine, all is well, no biggie. His grades have continued to suffer, even worse than before the 504!! My son was not allowed to participate in football because of his poor grades – which is not his fault because the 504 plan was never followed so he never received the support or assistance he needed. Are students with learning disabilities really not allowed to play sports because of things beyond their control?

12/09/2020 12:51 pm

Hi, my son has ADHD, anxiety and depression. I want him to receive 1x/week counseling on his 504. Is there a way that I can prove to the school that he can receive this service on a 504? Thanks

12/10/2020 4:23 pm
Reply to  laura

I would suggest contacting your state parent training and information project to get help. They should know how your state handles this.  

04/23/2020 7:11 am

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.

05/03/2020 10:30 pm
Reply to  John

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
03/24/2016 7:40 am

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).