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Presenting Son's 504 Plan to New School
Q: My LD/ADHD son is transitioning from private to public school for sixth grade in July. Can I obtain a copy of the Section 504 form and present it to the school, or do I have to wait for the school to complete the form and present it to me? Since I already know he will need a modified curriculum based on his present classroom accommodations, I don't want to "wait" any longer than I have to.
A: I don't see why you can't bring a copy of the 504 form with your suggestions written on it. Certainly the 504 Plan should be a collaborative effort, but there's nothing wrong with you getting the process started on your own.
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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.