Following her ADHD diagnosis, your child should qualify for school accommodations — like extra time on tests, tutoring, or seating in the front of the class — to ensure 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 under an IEP or 504 plan.
What an IEP? 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.
What a 504 Plan? 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.