Accommodations & Education Rights
A student with Tourette Syndrome has certain education rights and accommodations, these include a 504 Plan, an Independent Education Plan (IEP), as well as laws advocating for children with special needs such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a special education law, and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a general education law. For an IEP, the child must first be determined to be a “student with a disability’ as defined in IDEA.
Before developing an effective support plan, there are a few important factors to keep in mind:
Be prepared: The Tourette Association suggests that the education team read the article titled Understanding Behavioral Symptoms in Tourette Syndrome: TS is More than Tics prior to developing a plan. This article provides a brief overview of many of the related difficulties that are common for students with TS. Also see information about Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
Include the Student: The student is an important part of the team and should be included in as much of the planning as possible. If the supports do not make sense or are not considered helpful to the student, then he or she probably will not use them and the plan will not be effective. Additionally, students are more likely to respect a plan that they helped to develop.