[Previous Months][Date Index][Thread Index][Join - Register][Login]
[Message Prev][Message Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]
[IP] Follow up 504 info
from: the first link on the Kids page of the web site at:
Your School and Your Rights (hyperlink to)
Appropriate Accommodations Under Law
Any school receiving federal funding must accommodate
the special needs of its students in order to assure
them a "free, appropriate public education." Such
accommodation should be documented in either a
Section 504 plan or in an Individualized Education
Work with the school in establishing written
documentation of accommodation explicitly detailing
the specific needs of your child with diabetes.
Your written plan might include allowances for:
1.Eating whenever and wherever necessary.
2.Going to the bathroom or water fountain.
3.Participating fully in all extra-curricular
activities, including sports
and field trips.
4.Eating lunch at an appropriate time with enough
time to finish eating. 5.Being out sick more often
than the traditional limit. 6.Assistance with
blood glucose monitoring or insulin injections,
These are examples of some of the things to include
in an individual plan. Consult your child's doctor
when determining your individual recommendations.
As the parent or legal guardian of a child with
diabetes in the public school system, you have the
1.To request that your child be found eligible for
special services. 2.To schedule a meeting with
school officials to develop an
Individualized Education Program (IEP) under
IDEA or a Section 504 accommodation plan to
address your child's specific needs.
3.You have the right to bring experts to this
meeting to better explain
your child's diabetes management.
4.To develop an IEP or Section 504 plan to
accommodate the unique
requirements of your child. This plan may
precisely set out the types of special related
services your child needs to receive.
5.To not sign a plan unless it conforms to your
child's medical needs.
The law requires that all parties agree to the
individual plan before it is established. Be
reasonable, but stand firm.
6.To be notified and agree to any proposed changes
in your child's
plan, to be included in
7.conferences and meetings held to review
and to approve these changes before they are
8.To expect confidentiality of all information
concerning your child.
No one may see your child's records without your
written permission. (There are exceptions to
this for school personnel with legitimate
The first step is to educate the school personnel.
Use the process of developing an IEP or Section 504
plan to educate the school officials about diabetes
and how it affects your child. Often, school
personnel just do not understand and they are not
intentionally discriminating against your child.
During the process of developing your child's
individual accommodation plan, you will need to
negotiate with the school officials. If the school
personnel are wary about making accommodations, it is
important for you to know that it is your right to
ensure reasonable accommodation. However, you are
likely to come to a settlement more easily if you
attempt to understand the concerns of the school
personnel and negotiate toward an agreement suitable
to both parties.
If your child's needs are not being recognized, then
you have no choice but to file an administrative
complaint with the Department of Education in your
state. After exhausting all of your other options,
seeking protection in the courts may be necessary to
ensure that your child receives a free, appropriate
For information about diabetes:
American Diabetes Association
1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
For information about an Individualized Education
Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan:
National Information Center for Children and Youth
with Disabilities P.O. Box 1492 Washington, DC 20013
For technical assistance and referrals for local
National Parent Network on Disabilities
1727 King Street, Suite 305
Alexandria, VA 22314
Insulin Pumpers website http://www.insulin-pumpers.org/
for mail subscription assistance, contact: HELP@insulin-pumpers.org