An Attorney's Guide to IEP and 504 Plans: Which is Best for Your Client?
Created on August 06, 2019
Both IEPs and 504s can provide support to a child with a disability, but they have different eligibility requirements and are triggered by different laws. An IEP derives from the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and a 504 Plan derives from Section 504 of the Act of 1973. Section 504 has a broader definition of a disability, so sometimes a child that does not qualify for an IEP is sometimes eligible under 504. The more complicated question is whether a child's needs be met with a 504 as opposed to an IEP. This program, taught by Debra Clifford and Mary Frances Palisano of Gibbons Law, will provide an overview of the differences between these two plans, and practical tips on determining the best plan for your client and successfully advocating for their rights in school.
- Describe an IEP versus a 504 Plan
- Identify relevant laws that relate to IEPs and 504 Plans
- Review the eligibility requirements for both
- Advise clients on what supports each can provide
- Discuss the differences in the form, content, notices, review process, resolution of disputes
- Determine if an IEP or 504 is best for a child
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