Sample 504 Plan for Diabetes

Instructor: Elizabeth Hemmons

Beth has taught early childhood education, including students with special needs, for the past 11 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.

In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of creating a 504 plan for students with diabetes. We will also provide some examples of accommodations that would benefit these students throughout the school day.

504 Plans for Students with Diabetes

Ben is a student in your third grade classroom who has just been diagnosed with diabetes. How can you make sure that Ben's diagnosis is accommodated so that he can succeed in your class? Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 supports the creation of a 504 plan, which is an individualized action plan for a student with a disability such as diabetes specifying accommodations and modifications in the classroom to ensure safety and wellness. The goal of a 504 plan is to make sure that students like Ben receive the free and appropriate public education that they are entitled to.

Since students with diabetes require constant monitoring to prevent a major medical episode, they are considered to have a medical disability. This makes them eligible to receive a 504 plan, usually an alternative to an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) used when the student's medical diagnosis does not impact their academics.

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