What is the name of your state? Virginia
As stated in a previous post, I am in the process of trying to get accommodations (reduced homework, untimed tests, help in copying off the board) for my daughter through a 504 plan.
She is 7 years old and formally diagnosed as dyslexic. Her test scores show extremely low processing speed, but high intelligence. She is able to compensate for her dyslexia very well due to her intelligence and the fact that I have been working with her intensely. As a result, her grades in school are average to above average. On academic achievement tests, such as the Wood**** Johnson, she scores in the average range.
She complains about daily headaches at school during creative writing exercises. She is very creative and writes very clearly, which her teacher notes in grading her. But her writing is painfully slowly. She also has trouble with tasks such as copying off of the blackboard.
I have been told by others who have been down this path already, that without showing an academic impact, either by her grades or standardized achievement scores, I do not have a chance at getting her a 504 plan.
Essentially all I have to show is a written diagnosis and report by a well-known neurologist coupled with my own observations of my daughter's difficulties. Can anyone tell me if there is a precise legal threshold that I must satisify in order to guarantee my daughter services? Or does the 504 eligibility determination vary by locality? Any advice on what more I could show to help get the 504 plan?