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An​​ IEP​​ is an in-depth document for all students who require special education services. A​​ 504​​ plan can accommodate students who can learn within a general education environment with stated modifications.

 

An​​ IEP​​ can provide services and supports that a​​ 504​​ plan can't, such as specialized instruction

An IEP​​ is a comprehensive document that essentially serves as a blueprint or roadmap for a child with special education services. It includes comprehensive information about a child’s diagnoses, needs, recommended services, and accommodations,​​ and the​​ child’s unique identifying factors. It’s formal and legally binding and is the result of a comprehensive evaluation.

A 504​​ plan is also a map or plan, but it deals specifically with​​ how​​ a child will be learning within the school and does not equate to a diagnosis or even formal special education services. The name of the document arises from​​ Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973​​ which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities who need​​ accommodations.​​ This is issued to students who can participate in a general education classroom, but still need accommodations that the school must provide.

 

Similarities​​ 

  • Both documents outline accommodations for the student that are to be made under federal law.

  • Both documents are provided to all education and service providers who are responsible for the student named within the document.

  • Federal and state guidelines apply to both.

 

Differences

  • An IEP is an in-depth document for all students who require special education services. A 504 plan can accommodate students who can learn within a general education environment with stated modifications.

  • A 504 plan does not necessarily mean a child qualifies for special education services as per the child study team or districts’ respective equivalent.

  • 504 plans can be utilized on an as-needed basis – for instance, physical accommodations for a student with a temporary injury. IEPs constitute a fully active special education plan for students and are renewed annually.

  • Everything included in a 504 can be included in an IEP, but not everything in an IEP is included in a 504.

  • An IEP can provide services and supports that a 504 plan can’t, such as specialized instruction.

 

 

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