How Do IEPs and 504 Plans Work?

The steps required to secure academic accommodations for your child with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) or learning disabilities (LD) can be confusing—and intimidating. Follow these steps to establish an IEP or 504 Plan.

First Step: Request an Evaluation

The first step is to write a letter requesting an evaluation to determine whether your ADHD child is eligible for academic accommodations. Address it to the chairperson of the Committee on Special Education Services—aka the Director of Special Education Services. Should the school decline your request, arrange for a private ADHD evaluation. TIP: Send your letter by certified mail or hand-deliver it and keep a dated proof of receipt for your records.
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