U of O
The Center on Brain Injury
Research & Training

How Are Students with TBI Eligible for a 504 Plan?


Because TBI is the only disability related to a specific event, accommodations on an IEP may not be immediately available. Often, it is appropriate to start with a 504 plan and then if the symptoms remain, move to an IEP.

There are three ways a student may be considered an individual with a disability under section 504. A student is considered to have a disability under 504 if the student:

  1. Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  2. Has a record or history of such an impairment. The term includes children who have been misclassified (e.g. a non-English speaking student who was mistakenly classified as having mental retardation); or
  3. Is regarded as having such an impairment.

Reasons to Offer 504 Plans as Formalized Support for Students with TBI

TBI is the only disability specifically related to an event.

Medical issues related to TBI are likely to be ignore in the school setting without a formal plan.

Documentation is important.

 Learn More

Download this article along with a 504 Checklist Tool to help develop a 504 plan.

Questions? Contact Melissa Nowatzke, TBI Teams Project Coordinator