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.

IEP or 504?

IDEA provides education services through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to kids with specific conditions, including emotional disturbances and LD. Children with ADHD may qualify if they also have one of the named conditions or they under the Other Health Impairments (OHI) category. Section 504 of the ADA provides for in-classroom accommodations for students with disabilities. 504 Plans offer fewer protections than IEPs, but require less extensive documentation.
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