Students diagnosed with ADHD may be entitled to classroom accommodations or services if the disorder has a negative impact on academic, social, or behavioral performance at school. A diagnosis does not automatically entitle a student to services or accommodations, however. The resources listed below will provide you with a good background in the services and/or accommodations that may be available to your child. Every public school should also provide parents with information about local procedures and policies governing ADHD and support available through the school.
CHADD's National Resource Center on ADHD information on Education:
The "Dear Colleague" letter and accompanying guidance document were issued by the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights in 2016 and gives guidance to school districts on how to help students affected by ADHD through 504 Plans. The Guidance provides clear technical assistance to help schools understand the nature of ADHD and how effectively to provide education services to students with ADHD, consistent with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504). The guidance applies to all public schools, including charter schools, in the United States.
Download Dear Colleague Letter and Resource Guide on Students with ADHD.
If you are the parent or guardian of a student in public elementary or secondary school, including a charter school, and that student has ADHD, the information below summarizes your rights and your school district’s legal obligations under a Federal civil rights law that prohibits disability discrimination called Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504).
Download Know Your Rights.
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