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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:

Dear Colleague Letter and Resource Guide on Students with ADHD

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.

 

Know Your Rights

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.

Individual Education Plans IEPs

Top 5 viewed articles on Individual Education Plans IEPs
 
Is Your Child's School ADHD-Friendly? A chat with Maureen Gill, LCSW
Summary: No abstract.
Effective IEP Development for Students with ADHD
Summary: This article describes the necessary components of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 (IDEA '97). Issues regarding effective IEP development are also reviewed. Additionally, important IEP requirements and considerations for IEP teams are described.
To Sign or Not to Sign: Medicaid and IEPs (JOIN CHADD to view this article)
Summary: Why are schools billing Medicaid for IEP services? What happens if parents agree?
504 Plans and Bullying: What Are Your Child's Rights? (JOIN CHADD to view this article)
Summary: The school has specific responsibilities if your child is bullied at school because of ADHD.
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Educational Rights

Top 5 viewed articles on Educational Rights
 
What Students with ADHD and Their Parents Should Know About College
Summary: An expert on the college transition for students with disabilities answers commonly asked questions on what to expect at the post-secondary level.
Championing Disability Rights
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Supporting Students with ADHD in Independent and Private Schools
Summary: Private school can be a viable educational option for students with learning differences, but it's important to understand the advantages as well as the challenges.
The Four ATE's of Effective Student Advocacy
Summary: This article discusses maximizing your child's education opportunities and minimize obstacles along theway by following these four simple rules.
504 Plans and Bullying: What Are Your Child's Rights? (JOIN CHADD to view this article)
Summary: The school has specific responsibilities if your child is bullied at school because of ADHD.
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Homework

Top 5 viewed articles on Homeschooling
 
The Homeschool Option
Summary: This article describes the homeschooling option for children with ADHD. The author shares her personal experience with starting a homeschool program. The article includes a sidebar titled "A Kid's-Eye View of Homeschooling: A Survivor's Testimony" by Stephanie Umbro and list of Web resources.
ADHD and Home Schooling
Summary: As the trend grows, parents are using new resources to educate their children who are struggling learners. Even if you don't homeschool, you may learn something from what they're doing that will benefit your child.
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School Based Programs

Top 5 viewed articles on School based Programs
 
They Told Me My Child is Disturbed: ADHD with Other Mental Health Conditions Goes to School
Summary: If you child is diagnosed with a coexisting mental health condition, support from a qualified professional is essential--as is a quality educational program.
Not in Our School: A Student-to-Student Campaign to Create a Safe and Inclusive School Day for All
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The Irvine Paraprofessional Program
Summary: No Abstract.
Teacher to Teacher and School Success: A Holistic Approach to Educating Faculty and Staff about ADHD
Summary: Here's how one school prepared for a successful school year with a workshop on the latest research, strategies, and practical classroom techniques and interventions for students with ADHD.
Is Recess a Luxury?
Summary: Many schools have replaced recess with increased academic learning. At schools that have kept it, children can lose recess as a consequence for behavioral issues. Are our children paying a price we've only just begun to understand?
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