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The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders, 2nd Edition by Sandra F. Rief

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6.3 Educational Rights for Students with ADHD

Note: The information in this list and others in this section regarding educational laws and policies are meant as a general guide for parents and educators. Check and clarify with experts from your local and state education agencies.

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There are two main laws protecting students with disabilities, including ADHD:

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (known as IDEA or IDEA 2004)
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (known as Section 504)

Another law that protects individuals with disabilities is The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a federal civil rights law that was amended in 2008 and went into effect in 2009. The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAA), made significant changes that affected students with ADHD in that it expanded the eligibility criteria under Section 504.

  • IDEA is the federal law in the United States governing how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities. It was reauthorized by Congress in 2004, and the final regulations by the US Department of Education clarifying how the law is to be implemented by state and local education agencies were issued in 2006.
  • Section 504 is a civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and is enforced by the US Office of ...

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