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Section 504 Plans @ NEXT

Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Amendments Act of 2008


What is a 504 plan?

  • Per KidsHealth, “Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is designed to help parents of students with physical or mental impairments in public schools, or publicly funded private schools, work with educators to design customized educational plans. These 504 plans legally ensure that students will be treated fairly at school.”


What is the difference between a 504 plan and an IEP?

  • Per KidsHealth, “A 504 plan is different from an individualized education program (IEP). The main difference is that a 504 plan modifies a student's regular education program in a regular classroom setting. A 504 plan is monitored by classroom teachers. A student with an IEP, as part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004), usually receives different educational services in a special educational setting. IEP programs are delivered and monitored by additional school support staff.”


When considering a 504 plan for a student, what two questions should always be asked?

  • What is the major life activity that you are concerned about?

  • Does the child have a physical or mental impairment?


For more information about 504 Plans at NEXT High School, email the school 504 coordinator by clicking here.

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