ERIC Number: ED343319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec-5
Reference Count: N/A
Special Education for Children with Attention Deficit Disorder: Current Issues. CRS Report for Congress.
Aleman, Steven R.
This paper examines issues concerning the eligibility of children with attention deficit disorder (ADD) for special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). A policy memorandum was issued by the Department of Education in September 1991, identifying those circumstances under which such children are eligible for special services. Such children are seen to qualify under IDEA's "other health impairments" category if ADD is a chronic or acute health problem that limits alertness, adversely affects educational performance, and requires special education. They may also qualify under other IDEA disability categories or under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The policy interpretation memorandum was issued after reviewing public comments required under the Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments (1990) and is intended to clarify for states and local school districts their responsiblities under federal law toward children with ADD. Currently at issue is implementation of the Department's ADD policy and further consideration by Congress of eligibility of children with ADD under IDEA. An appendix summarizes the history, causes, prevalence, diagnosis, treatment, and educational implications of ADD. (Includes 53 bibliographic footnotes.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)