Getting Accommodations at Work


"I’ve been diagnosed with ADHD. Am I entitled to special accommodations at work?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are entitled to accommodations on the job as long as you can document the diagnosis. Ask your physician or psychiatrist to write a letter attesting to the diagnosis. The letter must identify what accommodations you’re requesting, and explain why they’re necessary.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.

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