Once a parent is empowered with information, they can better advocate for their child.

Many parents that I work with have had great success this way.

It does not involve money but it does involve an investment of time by a parent or guardian.

Accommodations: OHI-SPED Gina: My daughter is currently under the 504 plan for OHI however we are needing a bit more help other than the current accommodations. JG: Gina – If you think the 504 plan is not meeting her needs but *could* be revised to meet her needs, you can ask the school to do so.

You can also ask them to reevaluate her, so they have current information about her needs (Section 504 requires periodic reevaluation).

You can ask that any new accommodation be tested out for a certain period of time.

Then the Team can meet again when this time period is up, to determine if the accommodation is working or if a new one should be tried.

I admire your persistence— Jennifer: Mari, while I feel your pain, I have never heard of a school being allowed to diagnose ADHD.

There surely are some resources that can help these parents obtain the services they need.

For this reason, many IEP Teams will not include a testing accommodation anywhere on the IEP if it is not allowed during statewide testing.

It’s possible that the accommodation your son received previously is only an approved accommodation through a certain age or grade.

One potential reason I can think of is the use of that accommodation on statewide standardized testing.