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High School 504 Plans and Eligibility for Accommodation in College
What is a 504 Plan?
The 504 plan allows primary and secondary schools to provide appropriate and reasonable accommodations and services to pupils who have verified disabilities but don't qualify for special education services. The plans should detail the accommodations necessary to guarantee equal access to programs, services and activities.
Does a 504 plan assure eligibility for disability accommodations at the university?
Some students with 504 plans are eligible for accommodations and services at the university; however, the 504 plan isn't acceptable as stand-alone evidence of the presence of a disability or the need for disability accommodations. Instead, the disability verification process established by the university must be followed by anyone who wishes to request disability accommodations.
Do the specific accommodations listed in a 504 plan "follow" a student to the university?
Although the 504 plan may provide helpful information to professionals within the university who must make accommodation decisions, the accommodations and services specified in the plan do not "follow" a student from high school to the university. Instead, decisions concerning reasonable accommodations for a disability are made by professional staff in the university's disability services office, with substantial input from the affected student.