A 504 accommodation plan is guided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure that a student with a disability has access to accommodations that enhance academic functioning.
What is a 504 plan in simple terms?
A 504 plan for ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a list of modifications and adjustments that a student with ADHD receives to succeed in a normal classroom environment. A 504 plan for ADHD provides for modifications in the general education classroom that help a student learn. The plan was mandated in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a law passed by the U.S. government to limit discrimination against individuals with physical and mental disabilities in schools and organizations that receive federal funding. There are also 504 plans for students with various, even temporary, disabilities. If the ADHD is severe enough or exists along with another emotional or mental disorder, a student may be eligible for an IEP, an individualized educational plan.
Although a 504 plan for ADHD makes changes to a student’s learning environment, the school does not provide special education services. A general education teacher is responsible for all changes. For example, a 504 plan may require that a student receive all instructions for assignments in writing and have additional time for tests. If a teacher has several students with a 504 plan for ADHD, he can make certain changes for all students to create an optimized classroom environment. These modifications generally do not interfere with the learning of students without ADHD.
How does a 504 plan differ from an IEP?
What is an example of a 504 plan?
Is ADHD a 504 or IEP?