U.S. Department of Education Issues Clarification on Civil Rights for Students with ADHD

By Andrew Pillow

The U.S. Department of Ed has released clarifying information on the rights of students with ADHD. (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)

The guidance was based around Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1763. It specifically covered the obligations of the school to insure compliance with the existing laws based around students with ADHD.

 Some of the clarifications include guidance around:

  • Evaluation of students believed to need services
  •  Obligation around providing need based services
  •  Providing parents/guardians with due process and chances to appeal identification decisions

Around 10 percent of the disability discrimination claims received by the Office of Civil Rights over the last five years were around ADHD.

The hope is that this guidance will cause that number to fall.

Read more here. (ed.gov)



Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.