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113. Navigating An IEP Or 504 Plan

Tests and the Rest: College Admissions Industry Podcast

Release Date: 07/31/2020

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Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans provide paths to procure formal help for K-12 students who struggle in school. However, pursuing these plans can be an education in themselves. Amy and Mike invited parent advocate Mary Jo O’Neill to explain the intricacies of navigating an IEP or 504 plan.

 What are five things you will learn in this episode?

  1. What is the role of a parent advocate?
  2. What is the difference between a 504 and an IEP?
  3. How do you start the process to apply for a 504 and an IEP?
  4. Who qualifies and who doesn't for a 504 or an IEP?
  5. What happens if a student is denied a 504 or IEP?

MEET OUR GUEST

Special Education Advocate Mary Jo O’Neill, M.Ed., has a broad background in education.  She began her career as a teacher in public and private schools, including Julie Billiart School.  She was also an Advocate with Lawrence School.  In addition to her time in the classroom, Mary Jo created a division within the Academic Support Center at Notre Dame College to provide quality educational opportunities and support services to students.  Mary Jo most recently created her own consulting practice, in which she served as an Intervention Specialist and Parent Advocate for over ten years.  She joined Hickman & Lowder in 2018.

Mary Jo serves on the national board of the International Dyslexia Association and is an advisor for the local branch and is also a member of the Julie Billiart Network Board.  She authored the Forward of Expect a Miracle by Sandy and David Petrovic, Infinity Publishing (2014).  Mary Jo graduated cum laude from Vermont College of Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education.  She received her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University.  She is a Licensed Intervention Specialist: Mild to Moderate Learning Disabilities.

Find Mary Jo at Hickman & Lowder at 216-861-0360.

LINKS

The Difference Between IEPs and 504 Plans

What do all these special education acronyms mean?

Using an ETR When Drafting an IEP

How do I apply for testing accommodations?

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TRANSITIONING YOUR IEP OR 504 PLAN TO COLLEGE

TEST PREP FOR STUDENTS WITH ACCOMMODATIONS

INCREASED COLLEGE COSTS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

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