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ADHD can impact education and development from a very young age. Child Find, public school systems, some private schools and even colleges and universities are obligated to help their students with ADHD and other disabilities rise to meet education challenges.

Children with ADHD (of all three subtypes: predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive, and combined) may face many challenges in a traditional school setting and may qualify for educational services and accommodations, even if their needs are minor. Two laws in particular, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, are specifically designed to ensure that students with disabilities receive equal access to education and school activities.  Both acts guarantee a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to all children, regardless of ability. From simple accommodations intended to "even the playing field" to special education services in typical classrooms with supplemental services, the laws are in place to provide valuable services to eligible children with disabilities. 

For an overview, see The special education process: Step-by-step diagram

This diagram may be found in the NRC's guide, Educational Rights for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Primer for Parents (This single guide is printed in both English and Spanish).

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