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An​​ IEP​​ is an in-depth document for all students (age 22) 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 student with special education services. It includes comprehensive information about a student’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 student 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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