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How does the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 help people with ADHD

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
There is a section of the Rehabilitation Act (RA) of 1973 that guarantees certain rights to people with disabilities. For example, all children, regardless of severity or nature of disability, have the right to free and appropriate education (FAPE). This means that if your child has a case of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that inhibits his ability to thrive and function well in a normal classroom, he is entitled to the educational services he needs to level the educational playing field. And it’s not just about the kids. Adults are protected under the same section of the RA also. If you qualify as having a disability (and severe ADHD that inhibits certain basic tasks counts), you are protected from discrimination in the workplace, as well as entitled to reasonable accommodations in the workplace, that will enhance your ability to function and thrive at work. Not bad! Congress sometimes does appropriate things.
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
The Rehabilitation Act (RA) of 1973 protects some people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from discrimination in certain settings. For instance, Section 504 of the RA protects children in schools by ensuring that they have access to free and appropriate public education. However, only some children with ADHD will qualify for this benefit. To be eligible for Section 504, a child's ADHD symptoms must cause significant problems in their ability to perform well in school. If this is the case, the child is entitled to receive special accommodations at school.

The RA also protects adults employed by the federal government or participating in federally funded organizations from discrimination. However, adults with ADHD must meet certain criteria to receive benefits under the RA. Speak to a legal adviser to learn whether you qualify for protection from discrimination under this law.

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