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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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6.5 Section 504 Law and How It Applies to 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.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is one of the federal laws that protect the rights of children and teens with disabilities (including ADHD). Students with ADHD may be eligible for Section 504 accommodations and supports if they meet eligibility criteria. Many students with ADHD are served under 504 plans.

When a child with ADHD is evaluated under IDEA (Lists 6.3, 6.4) and does not qualify for special education and related services under IDEA, often that child is found eligible to receive accommodations, supports, supplementary, and related aids or services, depending on need, under a Section 504 plan. Parents and teachers of students with ADHD need to be familiar with both IDEA and Section 504.

What Is Section 504?

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (known as Section 504) is a federal civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.
  • This civil rights law protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial aid and is enforced by the US Office of Civil Rights (OCR).
  • It applies to any agency that receives federal funding, which includes all public schools and many charter, ...

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