ADHD included as exceptionality
Here is the link to the Ontario government memo that outlines the recent changes to ADHD as an exceptionality, which will result in changes in school supports:
This can mean big changes for parents with children who have an ADHD diagnosis, but no second diagnosis. In the past, many of these parents were not eligible for school support for their child’s learning challenges relating to their ADHD. Only if a child had a second exceptionality, such as a learning disability, would their needs be addressed.
Now, it is up to the school districts themsevles, through superintendeants, principals, and classroom teachers to support the intent of this policy change, and ensure children with ADHD receive all the help they need!
Here is another link to a terrific resource to provide your classroom or resource room teacher, also done for the Ontario government: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/research/Tannock.pdf
If you need help advocating for your child’s rights at school, call me today to book a consultation.
We are lucky these changes have been made, let’s ensure our children get their full benefit.