Differences Between 504 Plans and IEPs for Students with Tourette Syndrome

Kathy Giordano, Education Specialist for the Tourette Association of America, explains the difference between 504 Plan and IEPs for students with Tourette Syndrome, taken from the DVD, “Tourette Syndrome in the Classroom, School and Community.” Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s) and 504 Plans are frequently confused. A 504 Plan is a document that typically details accommodations and modifications a student needs in order to have equal access to an education. An IEP could contain the same provisions as a 504 Plan but additionally details the individualized supports and services to be provided. Both are roadmaps for school personnel detailing the additional supports which allows a student with a disability to receive a free and appropriate public education.