There are plenty of ADA accommodations that you can talk to your child’s school about to ensure that they’re getting the best possible education. These days, the ADA, or the Americans with Disabilities Act, protects children of all ages. Understanding your right under the law is the first step to ensuring that your child’s school is fully equipped to serve their needs.
It’s your right as a parent to record school meetings. Always ask in advance, and explain that you want to record these meetings to understand better what is happening with your child. This is especially true if you, yourself, have a disability like ADHD. Recording meetings will allow you to process them later, with a partner, if applicable.
If your child has a visual disability, you can request that school materials, including tests and other learning materials, be printed in a larger font. This includes pictures and any supplementary materials that apply to the class. Schools must accommodate all of their students, and you need to understand your rights in this regard.
Students with special needs or learning disabilities that cause them to lose concentration quickly can seat these children further away from windows, doors, or other distractions. You can request that your child be moved in the classroom if they are being distracted too easily by external stimuli.
If your child has a physical disability, such as if they are in a wheelchair, unique desks should be provided for them. They may also qualify for grace periods getting to and from class and be seated with the class instead of off to the side. This allows them to understand and experience all elements of learning thoroughly.