504 Question

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  1. MrsRed

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    I know 504's are general education and not special education, but this seems like the right place for this question.

    Can a 504 provide curriculum MODIFICATIONS? I know 504's provide classroom accommodations, but I thought that only IEP's could modify the curriculum.
     
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    I recall a student I had many years ago with a mobility issue. The student was enrolled in an ROTC program which required proficiency in marching in formation. Per his 504, the student was not required to march in formation with his peers. If I'm remembering correctly, he wasn't required to participate in most PE activities either.

    I'm not sure if it answers your question, but it seems to me, based on my experience, that a 504 can allow for curriculum modification.
     
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    Yes, within limits. I had a 504 and had curriculum modifications when there were safety concerns. I got out of sections of the PE curriculum because my vision or joint problems posed a safety risk.
     
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    There can be modifications on 504s, but only ones that help remove or reduce barriers - you can't change what they learn in English, for example, but you could make it so they only have to do the amount of PE that their doctor recommends
     
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    You get things like extended time on exams, preferential seating, use of a calculator on standardized tests that don't otherwise allow them. Once again, removing or mitigating the individual's individual deficit. Interestingly, I get students with ADHD who want out of work when it is being handled as a 504, not a classification. I may have 2 ADHD students in the same class, one with a 504, the other with an IEP.
     
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    504 protections are built into the IEP. So, they are there, just not as a separate document. That same student with mobility issues would have the same accommodations and/or modifications to marching based on the doctor's requirement, but may have other academic needs which is included in the IEP. No 504 would be needed.
     
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    A lot of districts will give students 504s much easier than IEPs - 504s don't [typically] cost them anything. Having a student on an IEP can be pricy.
     
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    Yup, that's what mine did. I qualified for an IEP, but the best we could get was a 504 and it took a year to get that.
     

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