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Back to School Strategies
Used with permission from the Summer 2016 PEAL Center newsletter http://pealcenter.org/services-newsletters.php
It may seem too early to be thinking about going back to school -- some schools are still in session as this newsletters goes to print -- but for a child it’s never too early to begin the conversation.
Our children go through a mix of emotions as the new school year approaches; it can be hard for them to articulate exactly how they are feeling, which can sometimes be misinterpreted as “bad behavior.” There is a lot that goes into planning for back to school and it’s important for your child that you make space to help them understand those feelings.
U.S. Department of Education OCR Releases ADHD Guidance
This week the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) 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.”
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.Read More