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Sample 504 Plan for Asthma

Instructor: Lisa Howells

Lisa's teaching experience includes various grades and subjects K-8 and postsecondary. Her Master's degree is in Education and Administration.

Students with asthma may need certain accommodations. 504 plans are created and implemented to protect individuals with disabilities, such as asthma, from discrimination in public programs.

What is a 504 Plan?

504 plans exist as a part of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This civil rights law was enacted to protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination in federally funded public programs. A key feature of the law is the guarantee of a free and appropriate education (FAPE) for everyone, regardless of their disability. A 504 plan details the accommodations an individual receives in accordance with the law.

For a student to be eligible for a 504 plan, one of three criteria needs to be present:

  1. A student has a physical or mental condition that limits at least one essential life activity.
  2. There is an official record of the condition.
  3. The student's condition is recognized by others as a disability.

Asthma is a serious illness that may qualify a student for a 504 plan. After all, the respiratory condition affects an essential life activity: breathing. It should be noted that a 504 plan is not automatically initiated for every student with asthma. It is only appropriate for those students whose activities during the school day are limited or interrupted due to their asthma.

Plan Requirements and Format

There is no standard format or template for a 504 plan. The plan generally includes specific accommodations for the student and the person providing the services, along with specifying who is accountable for implementing the plan. With no set format or requirements for a 504 plan, it's important to investigate policies and procedures a school or district has in place.

Sample Accommodations for Students with Asthma

Here are some common accommodations included in 504 plans for students with asthma:

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