The US Department of Education Requests Comments Before it Removes Regulations and Guidance
Background information on the ADHD Guidance
On July 26, 2016, the Office of Civil Rights of the US Department of Education issued guidance to every public school district in the country about the implementation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for students with ADHD. The Guidance provides clear technical assistance that helps teachers understand the nature of ADHD and how effectively to provide education services to students with ADHD, consistent with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
For example, the Guidance describes certain behaviors that could indicate a student has ADHD and should cause a school district to consider conducting an evaluation. Among other things, the Guidance states that a student with ADHD may need behavioral and executive function supports.
What YOU can do
We cannot lose this Guidance now! We must tell the Department of Education how important this guidance is to students with ADHD.
- “Docket ID: ED-2017-OS-0074”
- The full official name of the guidance: The “Dear Colleague Letter and Resource Guide on ADHD”
- This link to where the guidance can be found on the website of the U.S. Department of Education: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201607-504-adhd.pdf
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