This week our Executive Director spoke with Tara McGillicuddy about ADHD and legal advocacy issues.
In addition to being our Executive Director, Rob is also a practicing special education attorney. We encourage you to listen to the interview (just click the button above). We’ve included a few highlights below.
Rob spoke briefly about our new ADHD scholarship that includes ADHD coaching. Remember the application deadline for the 2011/2012 school year is July 7.
- Consider disclosing your ADHD to your school (instead of keeping private) because you can better advocate for yourself when you are open.
- A well-done professional education evaluation can be blueprint for identifying what you need for support and becomes an important tool in helping you advocate for yourself.
- When you turn 18, the school is no longer obligated to identify people with ADHD. The student must ask for the accommodations.
- Parents should be teaching their children all along the way to advocate for themselves, not waiting until the child leaves home.
- College has less structure and feedback is less frequent, so students who are unfamiliar with advocating for themselves may be failing before they start asking for help.
- A coach can help you identify your strengths and and weaknesses, articulate what your needs are with your teacher and advocate for yourself.
- An ADHD diagnosis does not immediately entitle you to protection. You need to demonstrate you need accomodations.
- Tips for asking for accommodations without putting yourself in a negative light.