Scholarships & Financial Aid

Most college students will need financial assistance during their program of study. You should discuss any need for financial aid with the financial office of your prospect college or university. Parents of high school students attending private high schools should also discuss options with their student’s high schools for financial aid. Other Resources: Creating Options:…

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Succeeding in College with ADHD

Heading off to college and wondering how you’ll cope with your ADHD symptoms? First, know that you are not alone. Plenty of people who have ADHD or its symptoms have succeeded in college. That includes learning how to deal with issues of time management, emotional and social well-being, focusing in class, doing homework, and taking…

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Disclosing ADHD During the College Admissions Process

Many students and their parents are worried about disclosing ADHD when applying for college. However, doing so can be useful if any aspect of a student’s academic record is not competitive and was affected by a disability. The decision whether to disclose your ADHD during the admissions process is yours to make. Disclosing one’s disability…

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Selecting and Applying to Colleges for Students with ADHD

I have ADHD. Should I go to college? If you’re thinking about going to college, know that you’re not alone: as many as 5 of every 100 students entering college have ADHD, and having ADHD doesn’t stop you from making college a success. But before beginning the application process, take some time to think about…

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College and ADHD

The good news is that more and more students with ADHD are attending college in record numbers. In fact, students with hidden disabilities like ADHD are the largest and fastest growing segment of the disabled population on college campuses across the country. For many students with ADHD, college might be a better match than high…

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Homework Help for ADHD

Homework can be a source of frustration and difficulty particularly for students with ADHD. As a parent, you can help lessen that frustration by creating an organized and comfortable space within your home for your child to do homework. This might be a kitchen table, desk, or even a floor mat. The best space is…

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Appeals

Appealing a School Decision There are times when a family and school staff do not agree on the services or accommodations a student with a disability needs at school. Federal law provides parents the right to appeal a decision by the school in both special education (IDEA) and Section 504 accommodations for eligible students with…

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Tips for Talking to Teachers about ADHD

During the academic year, school-age kids spend at least six hours a day at school. Add in extracurricular activities beyond the regular school day, and those six hours can easily become eight or 10.  This means that kids spend 25% or more of their time with adults other than their parents—mostly teachers. As every parent…

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Tips for Working with the School

Parents, schools, and teachers should work together to make sure that children learn all they can. Communication and collaboration between home and school is very important when a child needs extra help at school.  The National Resource Center on ADHD suggests that parents who think their child might require services or accommodations do the following:…

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Requesting an Evaluation in Public Schools

You can submit a written request for an academic evaluation for your child attending a public school to determine which type of academic accommodations plan would be most helpful.  A completed evaluation is required to see if a child is eligible for special education under IDEA. The school must have written authorization (informed consent and…

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Section 504

Section 504 is a federal civil rights statute that says schools cannot discriminate against children with disabilities. It says that schools that receive federal dollars must provide eligible children with disabilities with an equal opportunity to participate in all academic and non-academic services the school offers. The school must also provide appropriate accommodations based on…

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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law that provides special education and needed related services for an eligible child with a disability to benefit from the child’s education. Services received under IDEA are often referred to as “special education.” An Individualized Education Program (IEP; sometimes called an Individualized Education Plan) is…

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