Penalized Despite ADHD Accommodations

Q: "Teachers at my son's school sometimes refuse to accept late homework, and when they do, they take off points. We have a 504 Plan that allows my son extra time on lengthy assignments and homework, but teachers say they 'interpret' that accommodation differently than I do. What can I do?"
The Experts | posted by Matthew D. Cohen, J.D.

You have two options. You could complain to school administrators about your son's teachers not following the existing 504 Plan. Or, since there is already a dispute about some of the accommodations in the plan, you should probably ask for a meeting to clarify the services and the reasons why teachers are interpreting them differently than you.

I recommend that you have your son’s psychologist attend the meeting, or, if he can’t, have him provide a detailed letter explaining why teachers should accept late homework without penalizing your son. He should also give reasons why not following the specific accommodation is hurting your son's performance in school.

Matt Cohen is a special-education and disability rights lawyer based in Chicago.

Copyright © 1998 - 2016 New Hope Media LLC. All rights reserved. Your use of this site is governed by our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
ADDitude does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The material on this web site is provided for educational purposes only. See additional information.
New Hope Media, 108 West 39th Street, Suite 805, New York, NY 10018