504 Plan Basics: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting ADHD Accommodations

Many children with ADHD receive school accommodations spelled out in a 504 Plan or, in some cases, an IEP. These accommodations are critical in leveling the playing field; they are also confusing and intimidating to lock down. Here is a clear step-by-step guide for parents.

Help in School for Your ADHD Child

After your child is diagnosed with ADHD, the next challenge is often acquiring accommodations, such as extra time on tests, tutoring, or seating in the front of the class, to assure his academic success. Children generally must qualify under one of two federal laws—the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), or Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—to receive free, public classroom accommodations.
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