The landscape of services and supports available to children with autism can be confusing and complex. Here we give an overview of Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) and 504 plans which are used by schools to give eligible students formal help to increase their learning. Importantly, your child’s diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder does not automatically make them eligible for these types of supports and services from the school district. The school must show that a child with autism also needs special services and/or accommodations to make academic progress.
IEP and 504 Plan Basics: