504 Plan Requirements
Section 504 requires a written accommodation plan describing placement and services being provided. These plans should be updated annually to ensure students are receiving the most effective accommodations for their specific circumstances.
504 Plans do not generally include “specially designed instruction”, but focus primarily on reasonable accommodations (and modifications) that ensure opportunities for students to access and benefit from the regular education program. Plans may also include “auxiliary aids and services,” such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, and others.
In developing 504 plans, decisions must be based on information drawn from a variety of sources and all information must be documented.
504 Plan Components
504 Plans should:
- List the specific accommodations, modifications and auxiliary supports or services that will be provided and who will provide them
- Identify the person(s) responsible for ensuring the plan is implemented
- Be distributed to all of the child’s teachers and support staff serving the child
- Be reviewed periodically (i.e. at least annually)
Section 504 presumes that entitled students be educated alongside their non-disabled peers.