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How does the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 help people with ADHD

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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