Students with ADHD whose school performance is significantly impacted by their ADHD may be entitled to services and supports under two federal laws: (1) IDEA and (2) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If the team feels that a student may be in need of special education, they should make a referral for an evaluation under IDEA. However, many students with ADHD don't need a special education evaluation or qualify for special education. Instead, they should be considered for a Section 504 Plan evaluation, as described below.
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