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Education and Support

Education and Support
Did you know that your public school may provide more support for your child with ADHD?

Students diagnosed with ADHD may be entitled to classroom accommodations or other services if the disorder has a negative impact on academic, social, or behavioral performance at school. Although a diagnosis does not automatically entitle a student to services or accommodations, every public school should provide parents with information about local procedures and policies governing ADHD and support available through the school.

Looking for more information?

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national non-profit organization that provides education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. CHADD and Making Moments share the same goal of helping people with ADHD. CHADD invites you to check out these resources below to help parents understand and plan for their child’s education. Click on any of the resources below and learn more at CHADD.org.

  • What ADHD?
  • ADHD Myths Vs Facts
  • Educational Rights for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Primer for Parents
    • This primer is aimed at helping you (parents and caregivers) recognize ADHD and learn about the two main laws that protect the rights of children with disabilities in public schools. In addition to discussing the parents’ rights and responsibilities in relation to special education, the primer provides you with the basic tools to become effective advocates for your children, including explaining policies and procedures that public schools must follow to provide free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to children with disabilities.
    • This primer is also available in Spanish.
  • Understanding Your Child’s Needs Through a 504 Plan
    • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a resource that may help improve your child’s odds of having a productive and satisfying school year. At its core, this law intends to protect children from discrimination and may apply to your child if he/she attends a public school that accepts financial assistance from the federal government. This overview will educate you about Section 504 accommodations and obtaining a 504 plan.
  • The Special Education Process: Step By Step Diagram
    • This step by step diagram outlines the special education process, from submitting a request to have your child evaluated by the public school, to the development and approval of an individualized education plan (IEP).
  • IEP Meeting Checklists (Before, During and After the Meeting)
    • If your child’s educational and related needs are substantial, your child may be eligible for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
      • These checklists and sample worksheet will help you prepare and put together everything you need before your IEP meeting.
      • Because it's easy to be overwhelmed during a meeting with a table full of school staff members talking about your child; the checklist for use at the meeting will help you be sure that you have accomplished all you intended.
      • Once a plan is in place, don't assume all will be well; the checklist for use after the meeting will help you set up procedures to monitor the effectiveness of the plan for your child.
  • The Importance of Keeping Records
    • Start keeping organized copies of all your child's school records and it will make your work with the public school system much easier. Here is a guide to what you need.