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Guidance On Civil Rights of Students with ADHD - U.S. Department of Education

Outline: U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights guidance clarifying obligation of schools to provide students with ADHD equal educational opportunity under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued guidance clarifying the obligation of schools to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunity under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

"On this 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I am pleased to honor Congress' promise with guidance clarifying the rights of students with ADHD in our nation's schools," said Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights. "The Department will continue to work with the education community to ensure that students with ADHD, and all students, are provided with equal access to education."

Over the last five years, OCR has received more than 16,000 complaints that allege discrimination on the basis of disability in elementary and secondary education programs, and more than 10 percent involve allegations of discrimination against students with ADHD. The most common complaint concerns academic and behavioral difficulties students with ADHD experience at school when they are not timely and properly evaluated for a disability, or when they do not receive necessary special education or related aids and services.

The guidance provides a broad overview of Section 504 and school districts' obligations to provide educational services to students with disabilities, including students with ADHD.

The guidance:

In addition to the guidance, the Department also released a Know Your Rights document that provides a brief overview of schools' obligations to students with ADHD.

The mission of OCR is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through the vigorous enforcement of civil rights. Among the federal civil rights laws OCR is responsible for enforcing are Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

For more information about OCR and the anti-discrimination laws that it enforces, please visit its website and follow OCR on twitter @EDcivilrights


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