Example List of 504 Plan Accommodations

Instructor: Allison Camps

Allison has taught in elementary school inclusion classrooms and has her master's degree in Special Education.

This lesson will educate you on the purpose of a 504 plan. It will also provide you with a list of commonly used 504 plan accommodations. As an educator, it is important to choose accommodations that fit the needs of your particular student.

Identifying a Student's Needs

In your 7th grade social studies class, you have a student who participates, completes her work on time and asks thoughtful questions. However, she seems to have trouble finishing tests and quizzes in the allotted time. Her grades start falling. You allow her to come in during study hall to verbally complete the tests. She scores high on all the tests and her grades reflect it. You begin talking to some of her other teachers and realize she has the same issues in their classes. This is when you know this particular student merits a 504 plan.

Defining a 504 Plan

A 504 plan is a document that outlines accommodation or modifications for a student with a physical or mental impairment. It ensures that the student receives appropriate and equal access to a public education; private schools that receive federal funds must also make some accommodations. Unlike an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), where the student requires specialized instruction, a 504 plan is implemented and monitored by the general classroom teacher. Although not required, a 504 plan should be reviewed annually to be sure the accommodations are helping the student reach his/her potential.

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