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Tired of Fighting Groveport Schools.


My grandson is in middle school.  He has a 504.  Every year since starting middle school. (he is in 8th), so this is the third year… It is meeting after meeting,.  The only accommodations they are willing to make is to allow breaks during the end of the year testing that grade the school.  We have asked for notes of classroom,  to allow him to turn things in late (he forgets his work in locker etc) and things of that nature.  The teachers say to allow him any of these accommodations is not fair to the other students.  How fair is it to this child to punish him for his ADHD symptomatic actions?  We are getting ready to schedule yet another meeting at the school.  (probably 12-15 in 2.4 years)  This time we want to take an attorney that will let them know that ADHD is a disability and that there are disability acts that require them to accommodate this child’s needs. The problem is… what kind of attorney?

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Use this woman as an advocate, she is great:

http://ohioparentadvocacy.com/testimonials.cfm

She is local.  How sad that the school does not understand ADHD.  I would be blasting his teachers with every resource/article I could find about ADHD, executive function, the brain, etc.  They just don’t get it. 
Sorry for your hardships, Grandma, and for the hardships experienced by your grandson.  He is fortunate to have you advocating for him. 
I have a 6th grader at a middle school in Gahanna.  They have been amazingly accommodating.  Can you move?

Kelly

Posted by krtsinohio on Feb 05, 2014 at 3:11am

I get so upset when I hear experiences like yours. I’ve had to fight hard and a long time for the support my son needs in school, and we’ve had one teacher refuse to implement his IEP because she said it wasn’t fair to the other students.

If your grandson has a formal diagnosis, submit a copy to the school. At that point, if they still refuse under the grounds that it’s “not fair,” you can file a complaint with the US Dept of Civil Rights on the grounds of discrimination due to disability.

Fairness is equal opportunity. Period. Your grandson has a right to equal access to an appropriate education in public schools. Make sure you hold their feet to the fire on that. Bring an advocate or attorney to your meeting (if an attorney, make sure it’s an educational attorney) is a great way to do that.

Good luck!
Penny
ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Feb 05, 2014 at 1:33pm

Thanks so much Penny and Kelly!  Yes, he has a diagnosis and they have a copy on file!

The school psychologist has even been at the meetings, I like her, yet she does not stand up to the teachers.

We will be contacting the advocate you suggested.  Hopefully this time will help.  We have gone through this every year! 6th grade we never got any help.  Last year the teachers finally started trying to help about 2 months before school was out, but refused to change it in writing on the 504.  This year, they will only allow him the breaks on the standardized testing!

Posted by jstrohm on Feb 05, 2014 at 5:35pm

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