Section 504: A Plan for Equity, Access and Accommodations

A Brief Overview Section 504 is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is upheld by the United States Office of Civil Rights. This law protects access rights to public places and programs for individuals with disabilities. Accommodations that support access are guaranteed, and not providing access is a form of discrimination. All students Read More

Q&A – IEP vs 504

You Asked, We Answered! Question One: My son was evaluated by my district and they determined that he was not eligible for an IEP but recommended a 504 plan. I asked for a copy of the Evaluation Report at the meeting and was told they would get it to me as soon as it was finalized. That was Read More

Does my child qualify for Assistive Technology (AT) in school?

If your child is eligible for special education or Section 504 accommodations, then the answer is “yes” if the assistive technology (AT) is necessary to achieve a “free and appropriate public education”. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, (IDEA), states “The Individualized Education Program, (IEP), team shall consider whether the child requires assistive technology devices and Read More

Can I Get Accommodations for College Entrance Exams?

The transition from high school to college can be a daunting experience for any teenager. Part of the transition process is preparing for and taking the entrance exams for college. If the student is receiving accommodations in school, they may qualify to receive special accommodations when taking a college entrance exam. Being aware of the Read More

Communication; Tips to Help you Advocate for Your Child

Here are some tips that will help you be the best Advocate for the child you love Take someone to the meeting with you.  It helps to have another person to listen and take notes for you.  You can tape record the meeting to review later or share with your spouse, a relative, friend, or Read More

Procedural Safeguards for Students and Their Families

Requirements under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Federal Regulations, and the State Rules Governing Special Education Special Education: A service, not a place. Special Education Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction—Dr. Douglas H. Gill, Director of Special Education; Randy I. Dorn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction; Ken Kanikeberg, Chief of Staff; Gil Mendoza, Assistant Superintendent, Special Programs and Federal Read More

Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities

Top 10 facts parents, educators, and students need to know Reprinted with permission from PACER The facts — Students with disabilities are much more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers. Bullying of children with disabilities is significant but there is very little research to document it. Only 10 U.S. studies have been conducted on Read More