A diagnosis of ADHD in your family can be unsettling. It is important that families understand the impact of a new diagnosis. This section will help you understand your (and your loved one’s) rights, as well as the general impact of the disorder.

Understanding Your Rights

There are several federal laws that may provide help to individuals with ADHD. A good starting place to understand the rights of your child is to learn more about the following three laws:

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – Prohibits programs that receive federal funds from discriminating against children with disabilities.
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – Requires that eligible students receive access to special education services.
  • American with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Similar to Section 504 above, but applies to a broader range of organizations.


  • For more information on these laws, you might try the following organizations and sites. Because these are third-party resources, Lilly cannot take responsibility for the content.
  • The Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education http://www2.ed.gov/offices/OCR/index.html
  • Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD®) 8181 Professional Place Suite 201 Landover, MD 20875 (800) 233-4050 (301) 306-7090 Fax http://www.chadd.org
  • The National Attention-Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) 1788 Second Street, Suite 200 Highland Park, IL 60035 (847) 432-ADDA (to leave a message) (847) 432-5874 Fax E-mail: mail@add.org http://www.add.org