Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii (LDAH) is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 by parents of children with disabilities.
We are the Parent Training & Information Center (PTI) for the state of Hawaii. It is our mission to enhance educational, work and life opportunities for children and youth with or at risk of disabilities by empowering them and their families through screening, identification, information, training and mentoring, and by public outreach and advocacy.
LDAH supports parents of children with any disability and the professionals who serve them throughout Hawaii in a variety of ways:
- Education and Training
- Mentoring and Advocacy
- Persons-In-Need Program (PIN) (small grant awards to benefit children with disabilities)
- School Readiness Project
- Sharing the Committment (STC)-- Po`okela Project
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QUESTION from a Parent: I would like help formally requesting a 504 Plan for my son who has an ADHD diagnosis from a private psychologist.
ANSWER from the Advocacy Guru: If you are comfortable sharing his private evaluation then bring a copy to give to the school as this will identify your child as a student with a possible disability.
The school must consider the information and then the team can discuss doing a comprehensive evaluation to include: Functional Behavioral Assessment, Emotional Behavioral Assessment, Academic assessment and Cognitive assessment. You may also wish to consider an Adaptive Assessment and/or Social work to gather information about functioning levels outside the school setting. Be prepared to share your concerns with the school team and to request any disciplinary records.
Your request to have your child put under evaluation MUST be answered in writing, in a document called a Prior Written Notice.
You can call us for more guidance every step of the way!
Send your questions to the Advocacy Guru! Important NOTE: Your question may be published on this website or within the LDAH Newsletter. If you would rather it wasn't published, please type DO NOT PUBLISH in the Name Section of your contact. Mahalo.