Posted by Chris
on March 15, 2000 at 17:18:24:
In Reply to: Re: School responsibility to test for ADD posted by Mary on March 15, 2000 at 10:03:59:
: : I would like to know what federal regulations or state law requires for a time limit within which a school must test for ADD after the parents have made a formal request.
: I personally don't know of any schools that have the equipment nor professional staff to do the testing. Here you go to a clinic to have the testing done and a phsychologist tells you what the test results show and tells you what your options are etc. I was not allowed in with my son during any part of his testing so that there were no distractions to interfere with the test results. Please check with your school officials about this as I have never heard of the school being responsible to test for ADD. Not sure it would be cost effiecient for them to have the testing equipment nor to pay the professional staff to administer the tests when there are clinics that do this day in and day out.
Under the provisions of IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Department of Education issued a Policy Clarification Memorandum in 1991 that defines schools' legal obligation to locate , identify, and evaluate children suspected of having ADD, and also to provide a free appropriate education and needed services for those who are eligible.
As a college student struggling with ADD that I was not diagnosed with until a year ago, I know that because of the lack of knowledge of this disorder, most schools FAIL to locate us people with ADD, and certainly do not provide all of us with a free appropriate education.
To find more information on AD(H)D, and the legal responsibilities for schools, follow to the link posted below.