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Obtaining a 504 Plan

With Our Pasadena Special Needs Lawyers

At Lee, Green, Stewart & Paul Attorneys at Law, our special needs attorneys in Pasadena are highly experienced in this area of law. We have a comprehensive understanding of 504 plans and can help you or your loved one get the financial resources you need. Contact us today at (626) 325-0770 to set up a case evaluation.

What is a 504 Plan?

A 504 plan refers to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is a civil rights law that encourages integration into society for people with disabilities.

Section 504 applies to organizations and agencies that receive federal government funds. 504 plans are prepared by schools to outline their responsibilities to provide reasonable accommodations for students who are not classified as disabled by IEP standards to still receive assistance in the obstacles they may face.

Who Can Apply for a 504 Plan?

Any student affected by learning disabilities, emotional disorders, behavioral disorders, ADHD, intellectual and developmental disabilities, physical impairments, visual and auditory impairments, and various other enumerated issues.

What Accommodations is a Student Entitled to Under a 504 Plan?

They are entitled to:

  • Evaluation Accommodations - extended time for assignments
  • Environmental Accommodations - placing student in a different area of the classroom
  • Content Accommodations: extra practice time and use of technology for assistance
  • Physical Accommodations – Appropriate modifications are made to allow the student to excel in their learning environment

What is a Due Process Hearing for a 504 Plan?

A due process hearing is a formal proceeding held by the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). Initially designed to be more formal than civil court, many school districts have brought on law firms to represent them against parents. Tight deadlines with very little margins of error apply, particularly when dealing with the admissibility of evidence. It is important to be very knowledgeable of all the laws, particularly at this stage, as losing at a due process hearing means that the case must be appealed to state court.

Parents or education agencies/school districts can file for a due process hearing, due to some of the following scenarios:

  1. The educational agency makes a proposal to change the student’s current educational model
  2. The agency refuses to make changes to the student’s current educational model
  3. The parent or guardian refuses to allow the educational agency to assess the student
  4. A disagreement between the parent and a local educational agency regarding the availability of a program appropriate for the child, including any questions of financial responsibility

To schedule your case evaluation with our special needs attorneys in Pasadena, please contact us today at (626) 325-0770.

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