504 Plan Attorneys in York, PA
You may be concerned that your child is not receiving the educational services he or she requires. If your child has a disability, his or her day-to-day school experience may need to be modified to help him or her succeed. This might be as simple as having additional time to complete assignments or as complicated as requiring the school district to pay for your child to attend a specialized private school.
Some students with disabilities may qualify for an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Others may not be eligible for an IEP but can receive certain services under a different law known as Section 504.
If you are not sure whether your child is eligible for an IEP or 504 plan, or if your child has been denied such rights, it is important to consult with an experienced education law attorney. Contact Anderson, Converse & Fennick today to discuss your case.
What Is a 504 Plan?
Section 504 is a civil rights law that allows your student to receive special education services even if he or she does not meet the special requirements for an IEP under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. When a physical or mental impairment makes it challenging for your child to attend and be successful at school, accommodations may be made with a 504 plan. Each student’s situation is different and, therefore, no two 504 plans should be alike. There are a number of reasons that your child may require a 504 plan in Pennsylvania. Some examples include:
- Your child requires medication for a physical or mental impairment that limits his or her activities and may need to be excused to take medication as needed.
- Your child has a serious or chronic illness that requires regular treatment.
- Your child requires additional time to complete assignments due to depression, anxiety, ADHD, or other problems.
- Your child is deaf and requires an interpreter.
- Your child cannot write and requires someone to take notes.
Of course, these are only a few situations that are commonly seen amongst students requiring 504 plans. If you believe that your child requires accommodations, speak with an education law attorney to see whether he or she is eligible for these services. Contact Anderson, Converse & Fennick to assess your situation.
504 Plan Eligibility in Pennsylvania
You may wonder whether your child is eligible to receive educational assistance through a 504 plan. This is especially true if your child has been denied an IEP. In the state of Pennsylvania, your child must demonstrate that a physical or mental impairment puts a significant limitation on his or her performance at school. There are a number of ways this can be proven, including doctors’ notes, evaluations, school records, teacher recommendations, student grades, and more. If you wish to obtain a 504 plan, it should be in writing. When a school receives a written request, the school should schedule a meeting to discuss whether your child qualifies for a 504 plan and what services should be included.
Contact a Pennsylvania Special Education Law Attorney
If you believe that your child requires accommodations at school to help him or her succeed at school, it may be beneficial to consult with an experienced education law attorney. The legal team at Anderson, Converse & Fennick has years of experience fighting on behalf of students who are being denied the services or accommodations they need for success in school. Contact our firm today to discuss your child’s situation.