I would push for an IEP under IDEA to have more input over your child’s accommodations in my opinion. Don’t give up on your kid, be persistent and go as far as you have to go, we’re the only advocates they have in the shcool public system.
This is an excerpt from “Educational Rights for Children with ADHD in Public Schools” by the National Resource Center on AHDHD.
IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law that provides special education and related
services needed for an eligible child with a disability to benefit from the child’s education. Services received under IDEA are often referred to as “special education.” An
Individualized Education Program (IEP; sometimes called an Individualized Education Plan) is designed specifically for each eligible child with disabilities to provide a free
appropriate public education (FAPE).
Who is Eligible?
A child is eligible for services under IDEA if he or she is identified with a qualified disability and, “by reason thereof,” needs special education and related services. A child with ADHD may qualify if the ADHD seriously impacts the child’s learning and/or behavior at school.
To qualify for IDEA, a child must meet the criteria of at least one of 13 disability categories. Often children with ADHD will qualify under the Other Health Impairment (OHI)
category. They may also qualify under Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) or Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED).