504 Plans in Michigan

Instructor: Fola Rae
If your child is a student with a disability in Michigan, he or she may be eligible for a 504 plan which will give access to extra support items and services in the classroom. Read on to learn more about how the plans are created and about resources to supplement your knowledge of support for students with disabilities.

504 Plan Eligibility in Michigan

If students with disabilities needs additional support to help them succeed in school, they are eligible to have 504 plans created for them. Students are eligible if their physical or mental disability prevents them from being able to do basic and essential things for themselves like speak, walk or learn. Michigan schools create 504 plans for eligible students and include what accommodations will be necessary to help them learn in a regular classroom.

Evaluation for a 504 Plan

A parent or social services organization can make the initial request to have a child evaluated to find out if he or she are eligible to be covered under a 504 plan in a school. Then a group of people starts to work together to conduct the evaluation and create the 504 plan. The group typically includes parents, staff members from the school, and representatives from social service agencies. This group is known as a 504 committee and they create the plan and then review it to make sure it gives the student whatever help he or she may need. Parents have to give their approval to start the process of having a 504 plan created for their child.

Accommodations and 504 Plans

The 504 plan is designed to give students with disabilities the chance to learn in a regular classroom environment along with students who are not disabled. This requires making adjustments for students with disabilities so that their disabilities will not prevent them from paying attention to the instruction and understanding the material in the same way as their classmates. Here are some examples of the accommodations that can be given as part of a 504 plan:

  • making modifications to when students will take classes
  • giving students seating arrangements that may not be given to regular students
  • having portions of texts in books highlighted for students
  • answering more questions about completed work and progress than they do for regular students
  • providing things that will help the students to see learning materials better
  • creating a plan of a series of things to do if a student needs help with their behavior

Monitoring the 504 Plan

After the 504 plan is created, the staff members at the school have to be given a copy if they have any responsibilities to give any support to the student. School staff members will meet with parents once a year to discuss whether the plan has provided all of the support the student needs. At that time the student's case is reviewed to make a decision about whether they can still have a 504 plan and if any support items should be added or removed.

504 Resources offers a number of resources with helpful information about 504 plans. Check out the following video lesson called What are Section 504 Regulations & Accommodations in Public Schools?, which is part of the Education 101: Foundations of Education course. You can also find important information about special education services in schools in the Teaching Special Education chapter. It includes several relevant lessons on sample 504 plans and how they differ from IEPs.

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