INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PLANS AND 504 PLANS

An Individualized Education Plan (IEP), also known as Individualized Education Program, is defined as a written plan that is designed to meet the unique needs of one child.  Much like an IEP, a 504 plan can help students with learning and attention issues learn and participate in the general education curriculum. You can learn more about the differences between the two plans here.

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5 Steps to the IEP Process

Adapted from the Source: UnderstandingSpecialEducation.com

Maryland Resources

The Macks Center for Jewish Education offers MDSNAP to help you with this. MDSNAP provides free educational advocacy services for Jewish children with special needs, from birth to age 21. In addition, MDSNAP:

  • Listens to concerns and helps parents help their children
  • Assists families to navigate the special education system
  • Works with parents to prepare for IFSP and IEP meetings and will accompany them to these meetings
  • Educates parents about their legal rights (does not provide legal counsel)
  • Offers information, resources and referrals
  • Maintains confidentiality at all times

SHEMESH serves as a community-wide program in Baltimore providing the educational support necessary for Jewish children with learning differences to reach their full intellectual, academic, emotional and social potential in a Jewish setting. SHEMESH participates in the IEP process for students attending Jewish day schools in Baltimore.

The Transitions Planning Timeline Checklist, created by The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s Disabilities Task Force for the Baltimore Jewish Abilities Alliance, is a great resource for navigating transitions.

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