Which federal laws cover my child with ADHD at school?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
All students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are considered disabled and are eligible for special services or accommodations. Three federal laws apply:

  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (1975) covers all special education services for those with certain health conditions.
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 makes it illegal to discriminate against disabled children. Schools must provide reasonable accommodations.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (1990) requires all educational institutions to meet the needs of students with psychiatric problems. Disabled students cannot be discriminated against or denied educational services, programs, or activities.

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