ADHD is Now Classified as a Disability
Posted on Jul 29, 2016
Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education have been issued to prevent discrimination for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
A letter was mailed to schools recently informing employees to know their rights and learn how to identify a child with ADHD.
These letters have been issued because of countless complaints from parents claiming their children have been denied services from the school and they have not been protected from bullying. Over the past five years, Education Department has received over 2,000 complaints from schools that have been requesting clarification to their responsibilities under the law.
According to the Center for Disease Control, as of 2011, 11% of children were diagnosed with ADHD. Boys were proven to be twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls.
There is no biological evidence that can be found in someone that proves they have an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A child can be diagnosed with ADHD after showing symptoms of distraction for a period of six months.
Services provided to children with ADHD can cost schools thousands of dollars per year. According to a law passed in 1973, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requires schools to identify students with a disorder and give them extra time on tests.