How can we create/ manage a \"library\" of accepted 504 plans ?

Posted on: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 7:47am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

When I went through the 504 process, it was extremely helpful to have in my hands some actual 504 plans with all the accompanying paperwork. I had contacted two posters here off-board and they generously US mailed me a copy of their child's plan. I also used local contacts to find a mom who shared her son's 504 plan from a neighboring school district. Having those 3 plans specific to peanut allergy in my hands, all accepted bona fide plans with School District letterhead, seemed to make an impression to my SD administrators.

My daughter's 504 plan is 21 pages total. If you include the medical information, it's 29 pages. Many of the pages are a form with boxes, etc. It would be very hard for me to transcribe that here. I've US mailed the 504 plan to several posters who've requested it.

Yes, I also used the many plans posted here in the Schools board. I printed those out by copying them and then pasting them in "word" document. Those were very helpful in terms of seeing the variety of specific accommodations, and helping me figure out the accommodations that were right for my child.

But when working with my School District those print outs didn't have any "credability". It was more helpful to have those 3 actual 504 hardcopies with the personal identifying data blacked out. It helped to see the paperwork, forms, and format of the plans. My administrators took notice of those school district letterheads with staff names and accompanying phone numbers. My SD tended to treat them as "real" instead of something that an anonymous nobody posted on the internet.

Has anyone else experienced this?

What do you think about creating some sort "library" of 504 plans that have been accepted by school districts?

Would you be willing to provide a copy of your child's 504 plan, with any info blacked out, that would be shared with others?

Who do you think would be the appropriate person/organization to house and manage such a library collection? FAAN? Chris Papke?

Ideas? Thoughts?

Posted on: Fri, 01/27/2006 - 8:12am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I would absolutely volunteer Ryan's 504. It actually in circulation in a 100-mile radius of where we live known as "the Ryan plan". Seriously, that's what I heard.
However, his last name and school name have been omitted from that one. I would gladly send in a copy with blocked out first and last names, but possibly keep in the school name.
Is that okay? Or something in line with your idea?

Posted on: Fri, 01/27/2006 - 9:22am
qdebbie1's picture
Joined: 02/10/2005 - 09:00

I would also be willing to give in mine.
I think its a great idea.

Posted on: Fri, 01/27/2006 - 12:02pm
momma2boys's picture
Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

Great idea Gail! Here's the only thing I could come up with. I don't know if you've ever seen message boards that have what they call a "sticky", but what it is is a thread that always stays on top of the forum. So if Chris could designate a sticky thread, we could have a library of the submitted 504's always there.
Now to address the problem of credibility because they are just printed from a website...and obviously this would depend upon Chris agreeing. If we could all just mail him a copy, he could post them individually as PDF files. That way when you print it out it would be as the original file with the school letterhead.

Posted on: Sat, 01/28/2006 - 3:15am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by momma2boys:
[b]...and obviously this would depend upon Chris agreeing. If we could all just mail him a copy, he could post them individually as PDF files. That way when you print it out it would be as the original file with the school letterhead.[/b]
I think this is an awesome idea!
Are there any attorneys out there who could help answer any potential issues regarding "intellectual property" ? Who owns these documents and the information on them? Does a SD have any rights here that we'd need to obtain their permission? Anyone?

Posted on: Sat, 01/28/2006 - 11:21am
Beldin's picture
Joined: 01/28/2006 - 09:00

I think this is a great idea. We are just starting to consider a 504 and this would be tremendously helpful. We are at a school that has never had an allergy 504 so I think showing others "official" 504's would be very helpful.
Possibly scanned documents in PDF format with names blurred for privacy?

Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2007 - 12:28am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

I thought I'd raise this again. If more support this idea I will try to talk with Chris about it. Thoughts?

Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2007 - 12:55am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

I think this would be awesome...I awaiting my 1st 504 meeting, wish this was up and running now. I have printed off what 504's I've found on the site already, I plan to use them for reference anyways. Hope we can get something worked out soon, I'llkeep checking back. If mine is ever accepted, I'd be happy to include it as well. This willbe our schools 1st food allergy 504, so I am a bit nervous going into *unknown* territory!!

Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2007 - 2:34am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

I uploaded a .pdf version of the "In Memory" page -
[url=""][/url] in the files section.
Until something can be set up at, you are welcome to upload 504s here as well.
I couldn't figure out a way to enable the public to view the files or upload with out joining so you have to "join" (for free). I have disabled the e-mail feature of this Yahoogroup and you can hide your e-mail from the membership list. Or, since I'm not approving membership (anyone can join), you can join, open a file to save to your computer or upload a 504 and then unsubscribe from the list immediately.

Posted on: Tue, 01/23/2007 - 12:08am
JRsMami's picture
Joined: 08/08/2005 - 09:00

I guess Chris hasn't chimmed in on this topic yet. I think having a specific "sticky" or even it's own link from the main menu will help so many newcomers and current users. Although 504 plans are well known throughout our discussion board, many FA parents haven't heard of it until they reach this site. We educated our Allergy doctor on the subject- it't not till you find a network that you become informed. It's a heavy subject to research and much time needed to prepare for it.
We were successful in creating a plan but I often question if it was written correctly. It would be great to compare my final forms to what other SD's have presented other parents. Only in the power of numbers can we make a difference and when you are the only FA parent trying in a SD it's difficult to feel like an army.
Chim in Chris, please. Don't you think 504's plans can use their own heading on the site outside the discussion board?

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2007 - 11:57am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

Just wondering what people's thought were on the foodconcerns Yahoogroup mentioned above. Are their changes you'd like to see to that website to make it better? I'd be happy to upload your files if that's the problem - e-mail it to me - my address is in my profile.
A few folks have joined and are probably looking for 504's - we never had one for my now 18 year old (never heard of it when it would have been most helpful) so I can't upload my own.
I've gotten no comments in this thread (my post seemed to be the thread killer for a while) so let me know if something else is working better or any other suggestions.


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