Special Education Information

If you think your child needs special services, do not wait!  Some conditions, such as autism, are already specified in the GA Department of Education (GA DOE) eligibility categories.  ADHD and other learning disabilities can also qualify. For information about the eligibility categories here.

What is an IEP or an 504?

An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) gives accommodations and services to children with a disability that negatively impacts their ability to learn. IEPs are under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) If your child receives an IEP, they will be evaluated every three years. An IEP is also reviewed annually but parents can ask for additional meetings during the year. 

A 504 Accommodation Plan provides accommodation to students with disabilities to improve their academic functioning. If a student needs specialized instruction or related services, such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, or physical they will not receive those services under a 504 Accommodation Plan. 504s are guided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 

From: ADDitude: What is an IEP? Everything you need to know about IDEA, IEPs, and 504 plans

Official DeKalb County Registration Info

Official DeKalb County Registration Info

Official DeKalb County Registration Info

New Families

Welcome Kit 

New Families

Welcome Kit 

Official DeKalb County Registration Info

New Families

Welcome Kit 

Does my kid need an 504 or an IEP

An IEP provides an individual plan to meet child-specific needs. A 504 provides changes and services to improve a child's educational experience. To qualify for an IEP or 504, the child should have an impact by their disability in the classroom, and these could be struggles that are not only educational. For example, it is not rare to have a child in the gifted program who also has a 504. 

 

From: Understood-The difference between IEPs and 504 plans

Contact at LRES and DCSD information

Resources (including GA DOE)