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Today in education there are many individuals that need laws that are implemented under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), which is enforced by Public Law 94-142. This act implements certain plans that individuals with disabilities can use to help them with their special needs within a classroom. The Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and the 504 plan all have many some things in common. However there are also many differences that these three plans have. The IFSP enforced by Public Law 99-457, is a plan that is targeted for children ages zero to two.

The IFSP is created around the family’s specific concerns of their child and his or her disability. The IFSP is supposed to facilitate the development of the child and help the family to be able to develop the child too. Through the IFSP, the family and service providers work together to plan, implement and evaluate services that help the family with its concerns for their child. The services provided by the IFSP must be provided in the child’s natural environment such as their home. The IFSP should be developed within forty-five days of the referral.

Once the IFSP has been implemented it must be reviewed at least every six months to help ensure that the child is on track with the current plan. The IFSP is enforced through part C of the IDEA. According to this part of the IDEA, the IFSP shall be in writing and contain statements of the family’s resources, the child’s current level of development, the major goals being attempted to achieve, the environment where the services will be provided and the projected date that the services will begin to be implemented. The area that the IFSP has in common with the 504 plan is that they both address physical and mental limitations.

Also the IFSP and 504 plans prohibit discrimination in educational and employment environments that receive federal funding. The 504 plan enforced by Public Law No. 93-112, is eligible to people of all ages that have a mental or physical limitation. They help give access to anything related to helping better education. For example if a person is deaf the 504 plan will help provide hearing devices. Another example would be when a person is in a wheelchair the plan would help to ensure there are ramps so that the person can access the classroom. Unlike the IEP and the IFSP, the 504 does not require parental permission to enact.

Also unlike the other plans there are no requirements for who attends a meeting that plans out the 504. For things such as the IFSP and IEP, they require that multiple people are in attendance of the meetings that coordinate the plans. Also there is no specific timeline for when a 504 plan is completed, making things a lot more flexible for the student. What the 504 plan has in common with the IEP plan is that both offer free and appropriate education (FAPE). Free and appropriate education means that the person under the plan will be able to receive the education that they require for their certain disabilities (Duncan, 2011).

This could include anything from being in regular classrooms to having special education in a separate classroom. Another thing that the 504 has in common with an IEP is that both offer behavior support plans. A behavior support plan is a proactive action plan that is used to address certain behaviors that can hinder the student or others around him or her. The IEP plan is eligible for individuals from ranging from ages three to twenty-one. The IEP requires a parents consent before it can be enacted. Every time an IEP is created it is required that each child’s needs is met within the plan.

The plan also must provide an educational benefit. An educational benefit would be something such as helping the student to succeed inside the classroom by providing the correct tools for the student to succeed. With IEP’s the timeline of getting the plan completed is extremely important. They must make sure that they stay on track so that the student does not fall behind. An IEP must be reviewed at least annually to help ensure that the current plan is working for the student and see if any adjustments are necessary.

The things that the IEP has in common with the IFSP is that they both a list of people that are responsible for implementing the services for the plan. This list has parents, counselors, teachers and many more people who must help with implementing the plan. Also both plans contain a statement of the measurable outcomes for the child (“Ifsp vs iep,” ). This means that they are aware of the goals and what the outcomes are attempting be. All three of these Plans have a few things that they all share in common. All of these plans have safeguards provided for the kids as enforced by Public Law 94-142.

These safeguards are designed to protect the rights of the children with disabilities and their parents (Wright, 2011). Another thing that all three of these plans have in common is that the parents can all decline certain services that are offered to them through the plans without jeopardizing their use of other services. These plans are very important to education these days. They strongly affect people with disabilities and it is important these are implemented. If these laws were not implemented people with disabilities would struggle to receive the special education that they need and with these laws they can.

It is important that people are aware of these laws so they can help people they know that might not be using these laws or so that people such as educators can have a better understanding of the students they are teaching that are using these plans. Reference Page Duncan, A. (2011, Augusr). Free appropriate public education for students with disabilities: Requirements under section 504 of the rehabilitation act of 1973. Retrieved from http://www2. ed. gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/edlite-FAPE504. html Ifsp, iep, 504 plan. (n. d. ). Retrieved from http://www. gemssforschools. org/faq-instructions/ifsp-iep-504. spx Ifsp V. S. Iep. (n. d. ). Retrieved from http://www. ifspweb. org/ifsp_vs_iep. html Raver, S. A. (2009). Comparisons between an individualized family service plan (ifsp) and an individualized education program (iep) for young children with special needs. Retrieved from http://www. education. com/reference/article/comparisons-IFSP-IEP/ Wright, P. (2011, March 11). Procedural safeguards & parent notice. Retrieved from http://www. wrightslaw. com/info/safgd. index. htm Wright , P. (2012, February 02). Discrimination: Section 504 and ada. Retrieved from http://www. wrightslaw. com/info/sec504. index. htm

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