Question: Are 504 plans really necessary?
Answer: The kind of accommodations and modifications offered by a 504 plan are often the sorts of things you may have worked out privately with the school or the teacher in the past. Outlining these things in a legal document may seem like too much trouble and paperwork. But when dealing with bureaucracies, it's always best to get things down in writing. A new teacher, new principal, new superintendent, or a move to a new school or town can render all your handshake agreements invalid. Having a legally binding plan lets everyone know what's to be done and how to go about it, and promotes consistency and accountability.