Individualized Education Plan

Students who qualify for services under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, also known as IDEA will have an Individualized Education Program or IEP instead of a 504 plan. Typically, an IEP is more specific and focused than a 504 Plan, detailing the student's academic current level of functioning, needs, supports, and goals.

Because IEPs are so detailed, school districts will often use their own electronic form, which are completed by a special education case manager, based on the input of the IEP team.

Most students with diabetes will not qualify for services under IDEA, unless they also have a second disability, such as a visual impairment, hearing impairment, or learning disability.

Students who qualify for special education under IDEA are also covered by Section 504. However, there is no need to write a separate 504 plan. All needed accommodations can be included in the IEP.

  • Last Reviewed: September 20, 2013
  • Last Edited: November 1, 2013

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