- Plans to make a school wheelchair-accessible
- Your child's assistive technology needs during the school day
- Permission for your child to type assignments instead of writing them by hand
- Permission for your child to hand in assignments late due to illness or a hospital stay
Your child may be eligible for accommodations under a 504 Plan if he or she has a physical or mental health disability that limits one or more major life functions. A 504 Plan is supported by the federal civil rights law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A 504 Plan is to be provided in programs that receive federal funds, such as public schools.
Each school is required to have a Section 504 Coordinator. Developing any plan requires working together as a team. Work with your child's school nurse, primary care provider (PCP), and the Section 504 Coordinator to create a 504 Plan.
In developing a 504 plan, the process should include:
- A school evaluation
- A letter from your child's PCP describing the disability, related problems, and needed medications and/or treatments
- Identification of the accommodations to be provided - physical and instructional
- Your child's Individualized Health Care Plan (IHCP)
- A copy of the Emergency Information Form for Children with Special Health Needs.
Tip: If you are having trouble creating a 504 Plan or getting appropriate accommodations for your child, contact the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights at 617-223-9662 or 617-223-9695 (TTY).
This information is provided by the Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.