Special Education Laws: Fixing IEP and 504 Plan Problems

Discover the 8 most common problems with IEPs, 504 plans, and school accommodations -- and expert-tested solutions for parents of children with ADHD and learning disabilities.

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Frustrated with the limited special education accommodations and services the school offers your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), learning disabilities (LD), or other special needs? Not seeing any improvement in the classroom from the accommodations and services your student does receive? Whether you're new to individualized education programs (IEPs) and 504 plans or way beyond exhausted from not having your recommendations heard and implemented, find solutions to the most common -- and complicated -- flaws of IEPs and 504 plans.

New to IEPs and 504 Plans?

The Problem: "My child's IEP/504 plan is 15 pages long! I've read it a couple of times, but I still don't understand what it means."

The Solution: The most important sections of the IEP/504 plan are those that directly affect your child's educational program: services and accommodations. Services are the special education your child receives in addition to the general education curriculum. On IEPs, services are described on a "service delivery page." This page lists your child's special education services (e.g., occupational therapy, speech therapy, or counseling), the amount of time per week your child will receive these services, where your child will receive the services, and the qualifications of the service provider (e.g., special education teacher, speech-language pathologist, or paraprofessional). In addition to services, it is also important to understand your child's IEP/504 accommodations. Accommodations allow your child to access the curriculum. Accommodations may include assistive technology, preferential seating, and modified homework, to name a few.

More Problems and Solutions

The School Ignores My Input on My Child's IEP or 504 Plan

Whenever I Request an Accommodation for My Child, It's Denied

The School Says My Request Is Too Expensive

The IEP/504 Plan Is Not Being Implemented

Does My Child Need a Reevaluation? How Much Will It Cost?

The School Ignored My Special Education Expert's Recommendations

I've Tried Everything; the School Still Isn't Meeting My Child's Needs

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