Michelle Thomas

IEP vs. 504 Plan

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I have a student that has a visual impairment which greatly affects his ability to access text.  The school team is in the process of determining if he will qualify for an IEP or 504 Plan.  Can I create his Bookshare account before the plan is determined?  We do have a note from the Ophthalmologist indicating that he will have difficulty accessing text smaller than 20.  Thank you!

Michelle Thomas

Assistive Technology Specialist

Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, CO

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Hi Michelle,

Yes, I'd suggest moving forward to help your student create an Individual account or adding him to the member roster for your school's organizational account. All Bookshare members must have a Chafee-qualifying print disability. Bookshare is regulated by copyright law, not educational law, so students with or without IEP or 504 plans may or may not automatically qualify for membership. The only caveat to this is with regards to whom can access NIMAC sourced titles vs. having to submit a book request online.

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