Can a child with ADHD be denied a 504 plan?

Children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) have the right to receive support through a 504 Plan, which is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This federal law is designed to protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination in programs receiving federal financial assistance, including public schools.

A 504 Plan provides accommodations and modifications to ensure that a child with a disability has the same access to education as their non-disabled peers. For children with ADHD, this can mean changes in the classroom environment, teaching strategies, or the way information is presented or tested.

However, it is possible for a child with ADHD to be denied a 504 Plan. For this to happen, the school team responsible for evaluating the child must determine that the student’s ADHD does not significantly limit one or more major life activities, such as learning. This decision can be based on several factors including the severity of the symptoms, how well the student is performing academically, and whether other measures are providing enough support.

It’s important to note that parents have rights under this process. If they disagree with the school’s decision, they can request a hearing or file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights. Understanding all available options and advocating effectively are crucial steps in ensuring that children with ADHD receive necessary support in their educational environment.

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