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Re: [IPp] 504 and school questions



I am in Florida and work with IEP's and 504's, which are two different
things.  An IEP would be considered if the student is below grade level
expectations in academics or having behavior problems.  There is testing
required by a school psychologist and/or social worker to determine if the
student qualifies.  This can take several months to complete.  Otherwise a
504 can be done for health issues.  In order to qualify for a 504, the
health issue must affect a major life activity.  Diabetic students would
qualify for a 504 because their diabetes affects a major life activity,
which is learning.  A diagnosis from the physician is all that is needed for
them to qualify and the 504 process can be done much quicker.  This is a
federal law under IDEA.  If their blood sugars are not in a normal range,
all aspects of their learning can be affected.  They need to have
accommodations in place to protect them, especially with all the
standardized testing they are required to do these days.  There is a lot of
helpful information on the American Diabetes Association web site regarding
children with diabetes, school issues, your rights, and the law.  There is
also a sample 504 plan there as well.  This is the plan I used and then made
adjustments to it to make it specific for my son.

Carolyn
Mom to Chelsea(13yr), Jeremy(11, dxd 5/00, pumping 10/02), and Bailey(7)   
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