504 Plans in Florida

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Read this article to learn more about 504 plans in Florida. You'll get information regarding how to obtain one of these plans and how they can help students get the educational help they need.

Setting Up a 504 Plan in Florida

You can set up a 504 Plan in Florida if your child has an impairment that impacts one of the following major life activities:

  • Caring for his or herself
  • Performing manual tasks
  • Learning or working
  • Hearing or seeing
  • Speaking
  • Walking
  • Breathing

You will need to take the following steps to allow your child to receive help from the plan:

Contact a 504 Coordinator

You will need to speak with a 504 Coordinator to get this plan set up. You can get the contact information for this individual by getting in touch with your school. You must send the coordinator a written request in order to begin this process.

Assemble or Obtain Medical Evaluations and Recommendations

Medical evaluations are often used to determine eligibility for a 504 plan. Gather any pertinent records and recommendations related to your child's impairment. If you do not have current medical records, the school is required to assist you in obtaining any necessary evaluations.

Attend a 504 Plan Meeting

This meeting typically includes you, a member of the school administration, teachers, the 504 coordinator and guidance counselors who work with the school. This meeting is designed to develop the 504 plan that will apply to your child, so make sure you come prepared with the issues faced by your child and a list of accommodations that your child needs to get the most out of their education. You should bring any recommendations you have from physicians and other specialists to this meeting.

Understanding 504 Plans

You can go over this lesson to learn more about Section 504 Regulations and Accommodations in Public Schools. This lesson can help you get familiar with what you can expect from the plan so you can ensure your child gets the assistance or accommodations he or she needs. This lesson on Individualized Educational Programs and 504 Plans can help you broaden your understanding of the available educational options for students with 504 plans, allowing you to make sure that you provide the best support possible for your child.

Possible Accommodations

Accommodations associated with the 504 plan in Florida range from assistive technologies to changes in expectations for test taking and lessons. This may involve students being given more time to work, or being allowed to preview the information they'll be studying. Additionally, students may be allowed to use special desks or paper in order to get the most out of their education. You can find a complete list of the accommodations available for your child through the Disability Rights website (www.disabilityrightsflorida.org).

Addressing Complaints

If your school is not upholding your child's 504 plan, you can contact the school's 504 Coordinator for assistance. You will need to submit the complaint in writing and describe the problem your child is experiencing, as well as how you would like it addressed and corrected. You may also contact the US Department of Education's Civil Rights Office to make sure these problems are resolved effectively.

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