Private Schools: ADA IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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Neal:  What types of accommodations under the ADA are private schools legally obligated to follow for students with ADD/ADHD? My daughter has ADHD, and the private school (which does not fall under IDEA or 504 auspices because they receive no federal funding) she goes to will not document any of the accommodations/ recommendations listed on the psychoeducational report for the teacher to follow to meet her educational/ behavioral needs. The only accommodations they will provide are preferential seating and extra time on tests.

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Jessica
02/24/2020 3:59 pm

Does a private high school has the right to obtain the specific medical diagnosis of the minor from the doctor in order to grant these accomodations?

Leslie
12/14/2019 12:12 am

My daughter has severe and sudden onset of OCD from a bacterial
Infection at age 15, her school (independent) will
Not grant extra time despite letters from a psychiatrist, psychologist and Yale dr treating Pans

Chuck
12/16/2019 2:12 pm
Reply to  Leslie

If you have not done so, you can request in writing that she be evaluated for services under special ed or Section 504.

Vita
04/25/2018 5:44 pm

What accommodations do Title III school, i..e. independent schools need to make for students as it relates with mental health needs. I.e. students who have been diagnosed as having depression, anxiety, suicidal behaviors

Chuck
04/30/2018 12:10 pm
Reply to  Vita

Your state parent training and information project should be able to address the rules for your state. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center

Wrightslaw
12/19/2016 7:17 pm

Neal, the idea that private schools don’t have to comply with the ADA is not correct. Private schools cannot decide which accommodations they will provide.

Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination in public accommodations. “Public accommodations” includes private schools. Private schools must make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, and procedures.

Private schools must also furnish auxiliary aids – interpreters, notetakers, or readers – when necessary to ensure effective communication, unless this would result in an undue burden.

Download, read, and re-read “ADA: Testing Accommodations” from the Dept of Justice. https://www.ada.gov/regs2014/testing_accommodations.html
You need to develop expertise on this subject.to represent your child’s interests.

Elise
08/30/2018 5:31 pm
Reply to  Wrightslaw

the link does not exist.

Admin
08/31/2018 11:02 am
Reply to  Elise

Elise – thanks so much for the heads up. Here is the updated link – https://www.ada.gov/regs2014/testing_accommodations.html

I’ve updated it in the article as well. Thanks again!

Vivian
09/09/2019 10:16 pm
Reply to  Wrightslaw

My son’s independent high school requires three years of a foreign language for graduation. He is dyslexic and has completed two years, with extreme effort and negative effect on all of his other classes. On the advice of his neuropsychologist, we requested a waiver or substitution of the third year of Spanish. Would this ever be a reasonable accommodation that doesn’t fundamentally alter a school program or result in an undue burden? They are trying to push him to go to another school for Spanish.

Morning
09/10/2019 11:26 am
Reply to  Vivian

See the link below: It seems that his independent school does not think outside the box or offer a level of of support needed for him to succeed and would prefer to not deal with his issues. Some independent schools, that are more forward thinking, substitute independent learning for foreign language (especially for LD students) and allow for an experiential approach to learning a foreign language. There are many ways to deal with this without putting an undue burden on the student. What is your son’s input into this? Would he prefer to attend an independent school that is more supportive?

http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/professionals/dyslexia-school/foreign-language

Chuck
09/10/2019 12:58 pm
Reply to  Vivian

You can check what your state rules are. In some states the law allows a student to substitute other courses for foreign languages.