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504 Meeting

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by austin_calebs_mom, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. austin_calebs_mom

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    The principal at my son's school called me this morning and we will be having a meeting to set up Caleb's 504 on October 9 at 1:30pm. What do I need in order to be ready for this seeing as how I've never done this before?

    Is it going to prevent a 504 from being established since we don't have a local doctor or, as the school nurse said, proof of his diagnosis from a doctor here in MI?
     
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    Call your local ADA office. Our meeting is this Monday, the 8th and the ADA has been unbelievable in helping me prepare. I have 3 people working on Carson's case and one is coming with me to the meeting as an advocate. (We are meeting with a lot of resistance and ignorance from the school.)

    Anyways, the ADA has been a lifeline for me! Good luck!
     
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    If they try to claim that you need proof of his diagnosis from an in-state doctor, I would act politely surprised and ask them to show you where the law requires that. They won't be able to.

    Other than that, I have no idea what to tell you. Our first 504 meeting is next Thursday. Good luck!
     
  6. selketine

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    That's great - if not a bit soon - LOL!

    I would go to the ADA website and read as much as you can there on the "school discrimination" section. I don't think you'll have time to get the packet from the ADA but make sure to call them and request it.

    I think on this page about 1/3 of the way down under the heading:

    NEW! Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (Effective January 1, 2009) Information and Tools

    is the most important documents - I would print them out and take them to the meeting and give everyone a copy - perhaps giving them a copy beforehand. http://www.diabetes.org/advocacy-and-legalresources/discrimination/school/ada_schoolmaterials.jsp

    Make sure they do not try to tell you learning has to be affected to get a 504 - that is definitely not true.

    Also I suggest discussing eligibility and having them determine your child is eligible BEFORE getting into any discussion of accommodations. I would deflect a discussion of accommodations until you get eligibility established.

    You may need a letter from your son's doctor that states that he has type 1 diabetes, etc. In the link above there is a sample letter - I suggest having your "out of state" pedi endo fill that out for you.

    Try to get them to give you a copy of the policy where they cannot accept out of state dr's orders before your meeting if possible.

    Good luck!
     

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