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504 and IEP Interpretations

LD and ADD/ADHD Expert Advice from Eileen S. Marzola, Ed.D.

Q: My fifth-grader has a Section 504 plan for ADHD. A neighboring school district provides "itinerant services" for students who have a Section 504 plan and I just found out my school district provides "itinerant services" only for students with an IEP. Why are there two very different interpretations of what services a district must provide?

A: This is one for the lawyers. I haven't heard of a school district successfully refusing to honor a student with a legitimate Section 504 plan in place.

You might want to look at attorney Lawrence M.Siegel's book, The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child. Siegel has a section in the back of his book that lists many legal resources as well as the exact wording of Section 504.

You can also learn more about the differences between the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 on FamilyEducation.com.

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For more than 20 years, Eileen Marzola has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, and with their parents and teachers. She has been a regular education classroom teacher, a consultant teacher/resource teacher, an educational evaluator/diagnostician, and has also taught graduate students at the university level. Marzola is an adjunct assistant professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Hunter College of the City University of New York. She also maintains a private practice in the evaluation and teaching of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.


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