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I Called the Doctor and the Doctor Said
Have you ever received a note from a physician prescribing an IEP or 504 Plan for a child? When you do receive such a note, obtain consent from the parent to speak to the physician. You want to ask the physician why the physician wrote the prescription. Was it because the parent asked the physician to write the note? Or was it because the physician has knowledge of IDEA and/or 504 and believes the student should be eligible under one of these laws? What is it about the child’s medical condition that warrants an IEP or 504 Plan? If you cannot reach the physician, or you do not receive a call back, which is not unusual as they typically do not have a lot of free time to talk on the phone, send the physician a note with your inquiry. Enclose a stamped, addressed envelope to make it easier for the physician to respond.
If the parent will not provide consent for you to talk to the physician, send a letter to the parent asking again for consent.
No matter what, if you receive such a note from a physician, hold an IEP or 504 meeting. It is best, of course, if you can make the necessary contact with the physician before the meeting.