Add IHP to IEP?

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I have been poring over all this 504 info. and I haven't found a specific answer to this question. DS will start kindergarten in the fall. He has an IEP for speech already. He does not qualify for OHI. Do you think I should try for a 504 or add an IHP to his IEP? Will he get the same IDEA coverage. I'm thinking yes, but I don't want to make a mistake. He has an IEP meeting today so I can make a case to continue getting speech services. Thanks!

Julie

On Mar 14, 2007

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Originally posted by julieneaman: [b] He does not qualify for OHI. Do you think I should try for a 504 or add an IHP to his IEP? [/b]

If they have determined that his PA did not qualify under IDEA (OHI), then I doubt they'd add any plan related to it (i.e. IHP) to his IEP. If they do an IHP, I'd suggest that you be very clear as to which designation (IDEA or 504) that the document is tied. Otherwise, they may give you an IHP that is stand-alone and tied to neither designation. And you definitely don't want that. . .

When they determined that the PA did not meet IDEA-OHI, did they evaluate it under 504? I think they should have. . .

My daughter has an IEP for a learning disability and a 504 for PA/asthma. The meetings are separate and involve different teams of staff members. I like it this way.

[This message has been edited by Gail W (edited March 14, 2007).]

On Mar 14, 2007

Thanks Gail! I did find some of your old posts regarding this very question. I am going to pursue a separate 504 for the pa. The way you said it just now really clarified the situation for me. The IHP needs to be tied to something. Thanks!

JULie

On Mar 14, 2007

I'm glad it makes sense. Sometimes I feel that we talk 'alphabet soup' and it only adds to the confusion.

The important point is exactly as you said~ that the PA is recognized as a disability by receiving either IDEA-OHI or 504 designation. Getting the designation for PA is the first step. Then accommodations, either in the form of an IHP or 504 plan. But make certain that the PA receives the formal designation. That's the key.

On Mar 14, 2007

OK just got back from IEP meeting. The good news is that they will continue speech services for another year. The assistant principal/504 coordinator was in this meeting so I asked her if she received my request re 504. She said she did, but that nobody in the district has ever had a 504 for pa and she didn't know how it would apply. So she said she has calls out to nursing, school board, etc for more info. Here's the thing. The county school board just wrote Guidelines for the Managaement of Students w/ Severe Food Allergies. That document says, "Some students with food allergies may be protected under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. So if it is in the school district's own guidelines, how can they refuse?

Thanks so much for all your vast knowledge. I can't tell you how much you've been helping me!

JUlie

On Mar 15, 2007

I went back and checked my son's earliest 504 plan for his PA/TNA which is from 1999.

It had the statement; Describe how the disability affects a major life activity--ability to breathe(peanut/tree nut allergy). We have an IHP (Individualized Health Plan) with a check mark by the question "Is this a 504 Accommodation Plan?"

I believe we were the first in our district to pursue the plan back in 1998-1999. At least they made me feel that way.

As a side note we also ended up with an IEP (Individualized Education Plan)in 2002 for my son's learning disabilities and ADHD. It's a completely separate plan addressing his educational needs with respect to the above conditions. We had two separate meetings, with different people in attendance.

Good luck with process. It really is worth all the work and education you have to do.

Take care.

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