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Could someone help me find the learning differences of a Dyslexic student and a student with ADHD. The school is NOT recognizing my son's Dyslexia (medically diagnosed and had previous IEP from another state that did address learning issues, strengths and weaknesses of a dyslexic student.) The school here is very insistant that my son has to have ADHD regardless of medical condition.
Hi 3lilhmsmom. When a child moves from one state to another, the new school must determine whether the child qualifies under their requirements, so a new evaluation may be needed. If those eligibility requirements are met, a new IEP is developed. If I'm understanding correctly, the school wants to change your son's eligibility category from SLD to OHI. Keep in mind that eligibility category does not dictate service. IEP goals should reflect all areas of need as identified through the evaluation process, which can include goals to address ADHD-related issues as well as academic goals and services. In your son's case, academic goals and services should address your son's dyslexia. Would this be the case? Also know that medical disabilities do not always qualify as educational disabilities under the special education law. Hope this is helpful.
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