Home > School and Learning > Learning Differences > Special Education > IEPs > Special-Education Rights and Parochial Schools

Expert Iconexpert advice MORE

Special-Education Rights and Parochial Schools

LD and ADD/ADHD Expert Advice from Eileen S. Marzola, Ed.D.

Q: My child, as well as the children of several friends, are ADHD/LD and attend a parochial school. They're not covered by IDEA because of this. Many of the teachers don't believe that children need to go to the resource room teacher for help, as this is a "crutch." They also don't believe that the service plan (IEP) needs to be followed. Since I teach at this school, my daughter isn't having a difficult time now, but I'm anticipating trouble. How can I make sure that our children get the help they need? Can we take legal action, if necessary, under 504?

A: If your child has been evaluated and mandated for special-education services and has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), she should be receiving those services. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) holds that this is true even though children attend private or parochial schools. The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child by Attorney Lawrence M. Siegel is an excellent guide book that you might find useful.

In order to assure that your child is getting appropriate services, I would also contact one of the many parent advocacy groups for ADHD and LD for advice and support. You can try:

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD) at 1-800-233-4050
Learning Disabilities Association of America at 1-888-300-6710
National Center for Learning Disabilities at 1-800-575-7373

You can get more information from them about your legal rights as well as a referral for professional help if you choose to go that route.

More on: Expert Advice

For more than 20 years, Eileen Marzola has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, and with their parents and teachers. She has been a regular education classroom teacher, a consultant teacher/resource teacher, an educational evaluator/diagnostician, and has also taught graduate students at the university level. Marzola is an adjunct assistant professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Hunter College of the City University of New York. She also maintains a private practice in the evaluation and teaching of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.

Please note: This "Expert Advice" area of FamilyEducation.com should be used for general information purposes only. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Before using this Expert Advice area, please review our General and Medical Disclaimers.


10 Best Creative Apps for Kids
Looking for apps that foster creativity? Check out these top-rated art and music apps for kids.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

A New Intergalactic Reading Adventure!
Get your reluctant reader hooked on an irresistible new story, Galactic Hot Dogs! Join the Book 1 reading marathon, and get behind-the-scenes tidbits on the official Galactic Hot Dogs blog. Also, print this cool Galactic Hot Dogs reading log to keep your bookworm excited about reading!

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks