IHP vs 504 Clarification

This post is to provide clarification on when and if IHPs warrant a 504 plan.

  • Difference between and IHP and 504:
    • Purpose of IHP: An IHP is specific to managing healthcare and to support the student’s health needs while at school
    • Purpose of 504: A 504 addresses accommodations in academic areas, specifically in the classroom. The goal is to level the playing field by providing accommodations and modifications that allow the student the same educational opportunities that their peers have.
  • If a student has an IHP are they required to have a 504? 
    • No, every student with an IHP does not need a 504. An IHP can be used alone or in conjunction with a 504 plan, this is dependent on the student’s medical and education needs.
  • Is a doctor’s note required to confirm a medical diagnosis for a 504 plan? 
    • To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to: (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or (2) have a record of such an impairment; or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment.
    • A medical diagnosis may not be required, but we need data to support an impairment (i.e. processing speed in the 60’s, fluency scores in the 70’s, comprehension in average limits when given extended time. Thus, data supports the need for extended time pending the task requirements).
    • It is recommended that you ask the parent for a doctor’s note pertaining to the medical diagnosis, but this is NOT required. However, you must have data to support the need for a 504 plan.

Please contact Kelly Dotson if you have any questions about this. Thanks!