Excerpt from 504 Plans. Click here for the full article.
Misconceptions about students with chronic illnesses influence the way teachers and school administrators view children with chronic illnesses. The following are some misconceptions we need to dispel if we are to help our students: (more…)
Our education system in the U.S. isn’t perfect—it’s got its problems. And yet it is an impressive achievement that we are able to provide a free education to every child. While a few people may grumble about paying taxes, we all share the cost of education, and we’ve gotten used to the idea that every child has a right to go to school. Our economy, living standard, and quality of life are more prosperous because of universal education.
It’s unfortunate we didn’t see the wisdom of providing universal health care in the U.S. as well. (more…)
When my son, Aaron was 11 and needed help in school to deal with his migraines and Crohn’s Disease, I didn’t know what a 504 plan was. Aaron attended two different schools during the first two years of his diagnosis. In both schools, the guidance counselors were not sure whether or how 504 plans were used to help students with chronic illnesses. We were given a lot of misinformation, and little help for our son. I researched 504 plans, and spoke with other parents, a social worker, and a lawyer—all who had experience with the rights of students with chronic illnesses. We got a 504 plan in place for Aaron, which has helped him a great deal in school. I hope this guide helps other parents and students, so they do not have to dig as much for answers. (more…)
Please share your comments, stories, and ideas! I’d love to hear about your experiences dealing with a chronic illness in schools. Did you get the help you needed from the school? Did your school “get it?” Do you think anything needs to be improved on the treatment of students with chronic illnesses in their schools? — Rachel
A growing number of students have chronic illnesses. If you count all types of chronic illnesses, at least 10 to 15 percent of American kids have been diagnosed with them, according to the National Institute of Health. Nine percent of children ages 5 to 17, have one or more chronic illnesses that limit their activities to some extent (2012, Childstats.gov).
Kids with disabilities—including chronic illnesses—have had the right to take part in extracurricular activities since at least the 1970’s when Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act was passed. But a June 2010 study by the Government Accounting Office (GAO) showed that students with disabilities have not been given equal access to extracurricular sports programs. (more…)