Returning to school after epilepsy surgery can be a challenge, especially because of the diverse and various needs the child may have. Even if the student does not qualify for an IDEA, they still may still be entitled to protections under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

To help you navigate school after epilepsy surgery, we are pleased to announce our Quick Guide to Understanding 504 Plans After Epilepsy Surgery. Whether you are completely new to 504 plans, or are familiar and need a refresher, this resource can help you out.

Here are a few of the topics covered in the guide:

  • Who qualifies for a 504 plan?
  • What is in a 504 plan?
  • What if the school says no?
  • What if the 504 plan is not enough?

The 504 Quick Guide also includes:

  • a “back-to-school” checklist
  • additional resources

About the author

Audrey Vernick is the Director of Patient and Family Advocacy for The Brain Recovery Project. She is the parent of a child who had hemispherectomy for seizures caused by stroke. Ms. Vernick holds a level 2 certification in Special Education Advocacy Training from the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates and is certified by The ARC in future planning. She represents The Brain Recovery Project in the Rare Epilepsy Network‘s Adult Transition Taskforce and serves on the Youth Advisory Council for HOBSCOTCH (HOme Based Self-management and COgnitive Training CHanges lives), a behavioral program designed to address memory and attention problems for people who have epilepsy.