SAISD 504/Dyslexia Newsletter

November 2019


504 Plans

Understanding 504 Plans

A 504 plan is a blueprint for how the school will provide supports and accommodations for a student with a disability. Its purpose is to give equal access to the general education curriculum and setting. 504 plans are designed to help kids with disabilities learn alongside their peers. They do this by accommodating for possible barriers to learning.

What Is a 504 Plan?

504 plans are formal plans that schools develop to give kids with disabilities the supports they need. These plans prevent discrimination and protect the rights of kids with disabilities in school. They are covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. This is a civil rights law.

What Goes Into a 504 Plan?

504 plans include accommodations. These can include changes to the environment, changes to instruction, or changes to how curriculum is presented. Accommodations don’t change what kids learn, just how they learn it. The goal is to accommodate possible barriers and give kids access to learning. Accommodations address specific challenges. For example, a student with ADHD who is easily distracted might get receive the accommodation of seating at the front of the class to minimize distractions. A child with dyslexia might be allowed to use text-to-speech technology. A student with slow processing speed might receive extended time on tests. Some students may be able to receive related services under a 504 plan such as counseling or a study skills class that focuses on organization. Some students might also get supports for social and emotional issues or for behavior challenges through a 504 plan.

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Dyslexia Success Story

When given opportunities and proper support, individuals with dyslexia can accomplish amazing things. Watch the short video below for an inspirational story of a boy excelling in science and math.
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Famous Dyslexics


Star of The Matrix trilogy, Point Break, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and most recently the John Wick movies, Keanu Reeves’ dyslexia caused him to struggle in school. He did a lot of pretending as a child. His gift for pretending has served him well in his acting career, which is still going strong after 30 years.

Dyslexia Resources

Parent Dyslexia Awareness Night

Thanks to all of the families that came out to our Dyslexia Awareness Night. We had 10 literacy stations that were hosted by our Dyslexia Program Specialists (DPS). It was a big success and everyone left with lots of fun, multi-sensory reading activities and free books!

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