Top Section 504 Option Versus Eligibility and Classification under the IDEA Once your child has been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder and perhaps a co-morbid condition such as ADHD or OCD and/or learning disabilities of any kind, your child can become eligible for accommodations in the academic environment.
He or she is protected by two federal laws: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the more powerful statute enacted in 1975 and reauthorized in 1997 known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
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Providing effective accommodations allows students equal access to academic courses and activities.
ED maintains an Office for Civil Rights (OCR), with ten regional offices and a headquarters office in Washington, D.
C., to enforce Section 504 and other civil rights laws that pertain to recipients of ED funds.
The presence of students with disabilities also contributes to the diversity of the student population.
"Mental illness" refers to the collection of all diagnosable mental disorders causing severe disturbances in thinking, feeling, relating, and functional behaviors.
When one also considers that these children have an illness which causes their ability to focus and energy levels to wax and wane (often according to the season) its not hard for parents and educators to realize these children need special accommodations in school.