How Does a 504 Plan Differ From an IEP?

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By Terri Mauro

Both a 504 plan and an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) involve special education accommodations, but do you know how these two plans differ from each other? Learn the differences and similarities between the two with this review of how a 504 plan lines up with an IEP.

A 504 Plan vs. an IEP
A 504 plan, which refers to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is an attempt to remove barriers and allow students with disabilities to participate freely in both public elementary and secondary education. Like the Americans With Disabilities Act, it seeks to level the playing field so that those students can safely pursue the same opportunities as everyone else. A 504 plan aims to make sure that students with disabilities get the accommodations they need to participate in school just as they would if they didn’t have a disability.

Read more. Very Well Family. February 2018.