New Jersey Estate Planning Attorney Christine Matus Discusses IEP and 504 Eligibility in New Jersey
June 17, 2022 at 16:38
New Jersey estate planning attorney Christine Matus releases a new article (https://matuslaw.com/understanding-iep-504-eligibility-new-jersey/) explaining IEP and 504 eligibility in New Jersey. According to the lawyer, 504 plans and individualized education programs (IEPs), offer many of the same services for children with attention and learning disabilities. They are however different in some important ways.
According to the New Jersey estate planning attorney, "In many situations, a student may qualify for a 504 plan, but not an IEP. An IEP is generally a bit more focused than a 504 plan, but both programs can be extremely beneficial for students. IEP plans are based on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)."
The lawyer explains that IEP Plans are only available to children who meet two conditions. The first requirement is that the child has one of the 13 listed disabilities. The second is that the disability has an impact on the child's school performance or ability to learn with specialized instruction.
Attorney Christine Matus mentions that Section 504 Plans offer a wider range of benefits than IEP plans. 504 Plans can cover any disability, regardless of whether it is on the IDEA's list. The impairment must be able to substantially limit one or more of the primary activities in life, including learning. The 504 Plan is only available for children in grades K-12.
Attorney Matus states that IEP is more flexible than the 504 Plans. An IEP can be put in place as soon as the child is 3 years old or as late as when they turn 21. IEP and 504 Plans are both available to all eligible students in New Jersey.
"In New Jersey, school districts are required to set up their own policies and procedures to evaluate children to determine whether they need special education or related services due to a disability. Teachers and administrators are required under Section 504 to provide an individualized assessment for a child before he or she is presented with specialized education or assistance," says the estate planning attorney.
Lastly, attorney Christine Matus encourages families to seek the help of an experienced estate lawyer. Having a skilled estate lawyer may be able to help protect the estate and wealth the client has worked so hard for. It may also be able to protect the future of the client’s children.
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