Read these 7 Education Tips tips to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. Each tip is approved by our Editors and created by expert writers so great we call them Gurus. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Handicap tips and hundreds of other topics.
When going in to do your 504 plan, it is a good idea to bring with you all persons involved in your child`s care, such as nurses, doctors, speech therapists, etc. They will be able to answer questions that you may not, and will be great sources of information for your school.
Take notes. Make a list of everything that you expect from the school, and the people that you will help them to choose to care for your child.
If you have a child, teen, or even an adult who is unable to get around by themselves--teach them to use public transportation. Do not do this to make things easier for yourself, but do it for them.
They will get a wonderful feeling of satisfaction. It is also good to remember that you may not always be here and this will give them something to fall back on.
It is important to know just who qualifies for the 504 plan. The following is information that will help you know how the 504 is developed:
Basically, there are four steps involved in the development of a 504 plan.
1. The student is referred by a teacher, parent/legal guardian, school support staff, physician, or therapist. It is possible for the student to initiate a self-referral.
2. A 504 plan meeting is scheduled and held.
3. A 504 plan is developed for the student.
4. The team sets a plan review date.
Whenever I send notes to school or anyone for that matter, I write the note on brightly colored paper. Then when I do a follow-up phone call, I remind them that I sent it on the bright green, orange, red, etc. paper. It helps them locate it in their stack of papers.
To help with organization, we color code the notebooks with the corresponding textbook. If the spelling book is yellow, we buy a yellow notebook. If the science book is purple, we get a purple notebook. This does help to keep the same textbook and notebook together for assignments. - S.G., Ogallala, NE