504 Plans for Students with Chronic Illnesses: A Guide for Parents and Students

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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…)

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