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IDEA vs.

504 Plan
Alyssa Lesch
January 28, 2016
SERP 403
IDEA- An Overview
• First passed in 1975
• There are two purposes to IDEA
• Protect the rights of children with
• Give parents a voice in their child's
• Covers children ages 3 to 21
• Ensures that all children receive a Free
Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
• There are 13 different categories under
504 Plan- An Overview
• Covers all people with a disability
• Designed to eliminate discrimination against people
with a disability
• Outlines child's needs through accommodations and
• Defines a disability in three ways
• The child has a physical/mental impairment that
substantially limits one or more major life activity
• The child has a record of the impairment
• The child is viewed as having an impairment or a
substantial difficulty that isn’t temporary
IDEA 504 Plan
• Children who are • Any person who
ages 3-21 who has a disability;
have a disability physical or mental
that affects their that affects one
academic or more life
progress activity
IDEA 504 Plan
• Evaluation pulls on
information from several
• Child must be evaluated by a sources and documentation
multidisciplinary team
• Does not require written
• Requires informed and written consent, just that the parent
parental consent is notified
• Requires re-evaluation every 3 • Requires “periodic” re-
evaluation (this can be the
• Does not require re-evaluation same as IDEA;3 years or when
a significant change in the IEP team feels necessary)
placement can occur
• Requires a re-evaluation
• Placement is based on the LRE
before a significant change in
of the student
placement can occur
• Placement is based on the
IDEA 504 Plan
• Provides • Does not
additional provide
funding to additional
states for each funding for
eligible each eligible
student student
Due Process
IDEA 504 Plan
• Must provide impartial hearings • Must provide impartial hearings
for parents about disagreements for parents about disagreements
• Requires written consent • Does not require written consent
• Provides “stay-put” provisions • Does not require “stay-put”
( the students current IEP and provisions
placement continues to be
• Does not require the parents to
be notified prior to a change of
• Parents must receive 10 days placement
notice prior to any change in
placement • Enforced by the U.S. Department
of Education and Office of
• Enforced by the U.S. Department
Special Education
of Education and Office of Special