Does IEP or 504 affect you once you graduate and go on to College/Career????

Amanda - posted on 07/31/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My son is very ambitious about what he what he wants to become when he is older but he has ADHD with a mood disorder and a high IQ so I was told to get him an IEP or 504 plan but I want him to be able to go off to college and have a career as any other child. Will the 504 or IEP keep him from any opportunities or hinder him in any way????

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Jennifer - posted on 08/01/2010

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angie....
I was in first grade when I reciecved my first IEP.....now that I am 28....I still have one but you always have to have testing done to make sure that there is still a development delay or ADHD or whatever the child has....when I went back to college 8 years later and I'm going to start my second semester in the fall I will have to have more testing done which now I will have to pay for the testing but hopefully my insurance will pay for it since it costs alot......because college needs a IEP within 2-3 years and my is about 10 years old....you really have to have the testing done every very years I guess but once I'm done with college I really won't need a IEP anymore.....I'm labeled learning disablity which I have problems reading...sounding out words and sounds....

Sylvia - posted on 08/04/2010

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I have spent several years working as an educator with special needs students, most of which did have IEPs. From what I have observed, an IEP CAN be a huge benefit for a student, and can make the difference between supported success vs apathy from chronic academic frustration.
However, on the other hand, i have seen students stand behind their IEPs, refusing to do work that they are capable of doing...
sometimes getting an "IEP in math skills" can cause a person to live to that label - and once it becomes an excuse, it limits them.
So, like everything else, lots of pros and con and highly individual.... but over all, i think the IEPs definately have important points to consider.
hope this helps :)

Jane - posted on 08/03/2010

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Definately get an IEP or 504, it gives your child extra help he will need to do well in school. Just realize you are the one who has to make sure the plan is carried out the way it is supposed to be. My son had one and is starting college this fall. The college has an office that has things to help kids with disabilites, tutoring etc.

Michelle - posted on 08/02/2010

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I was in IEP or whatever it was called back in the 80s and had no trouble going to college. They aren't supposed to discriminate and at least at my college there is a group for students that have issues, like learning disabilities, physical disabilities, etc. that a student can join if they want and get whatever extra help they need.

At the moment my twin boys are in IEP. I don't think it should affect their ability to get into college, but help them in the long run. I won't know for years since they are in elementary school. I'm not to concerned since they need help now and it's what's best for them so they can function with others, in school, etc.

Amanda - posted on 08/01/2010

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Tanks for all the imput! I was worried becuse some of the reommendations were not something that I agreed with but I guess the extra help can't hurt... I just was scared that it would be on his school record for life and keep him from doing all the things he wants to do in life!

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Lucy - posted on 05/21/2014

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My son is graduatin this June and the school has informed me they are closing his IEP becuase he no longer has a dissability. I am surprise as my son is Autistic and has Auditory Processing and Attention. I can understand closing his IEP at the High School becuase he is graduating but to add on his IEP he no longer has a dissability.

Tyler - posted on 08/03/2010

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No, it will not hinder him at all. An IEP or 504 will only help him. It will teach him how to handle/do things now and in the future. They are only for his benefit. Its never a bad thing to have extra help. My son has and IEP and its been a blessing, he is doing wonderful in school now.

Erika - posted on 08/03/2010

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An IEP and a Section 504 have different rules. An IEP is for a child with a diagnosed disability, requiring educational supports beyond the regular program, and is eligible from birth to the age of 22, or graduates high school. A 504 is a different federal policy that is covered, not under the IDEA/NCLB but the office of civil rights and the department of rehab. This is an ACCESS law to provide support of a major life event, such as education. This is provided in education, in the regular education setting, not in special ed. When your child goes to college, an IEP cannot follow him because it is for the k-12 system. Your child can take provisions of the 504 with him to college, seek out assistance from the DSS, or Disabled Student Services, and get assistance there. IF you have any other questions, please ask.

Angie - posted on 08/02/2010

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An IEP would be given if your son's disability requires special education services from a trained service provider to meet his needs. For example, meeting with an LD resource teacher, hearing/vision itinerant teacher, or being in co-taught classes. A 504 plan can be put in place if there are accommodations that your son needs to be successful. For example, sitting in the front of the classroom, having larger print books, extended time for assignments or tests. If your son has an IEP/504 plan to document his disability while in High School he will be able to contact the student services department of the colleges that he would like to attend and see what services they might offer to meet his needs. He has to advocate for himself while in college to get the services that he needs to be successful. The colleges are not required to give the exact same accommodations that were given at the High School level, but they should work with your son to meet his needs. Good Luck!

Angie - posted on 08/01/2010

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Jennifer, what will happen when you leave college? Are you transitioned out into not having an IEP or does it just stop the day your graduate? I've always wondered.....

Ilene - posted on 08/01/2010

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I worried about this too when my son's kindergarten teacher told us he should have an iep. Once I looked at it and saw what they were offering him I decided it was better that he get the occupational skills from the therapist than to suffer and fall behind over the turns.

Jennifer - posted on 07/31/2010

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No......I have a IEP and right now I am in college....it would be better if he had a IEP that way he can get alot of help,I get lots of extra help which helps out alot! People that have disabilites need the extra help and the college I go is great and helps alot for people with disabilites.....just because he is different doesn't mean he can't do whatever he wants....good for him that he wants to go to college.....take care and I hope this helps!

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