Attention deficit disorder is a neurological impairment characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity. Individuals may be diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A diagnosis of ADD or ADHD is typically made by psychoeducational or medical professionals following a comprehensive evaluation.


Typical accommodations for students with ADD or ADHD include:

  • extra time to complete tests or assignments
  • note takers
  • tutors or other organizational supports
  • reduced course loads
  • preferential registration for smaller classes
  • preferential seating near the front of the class
  • private, quiet locations for work and tests
  • recorded lectures
  • printed materials on audiotape or in electronic format
  • written directions

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