Bilingual Publication on Special Education Rights Released; Booklet Targets Parents of Hispanic Children With AD/HD

Jun 01, 2006, 01:00 ET from CHADD

    LANDOVER, Md., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Resource Center on
 AD/HD, a CDC-funded program of the patient advocacy group Children and
 Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) and the
 National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance) have published a free
 bilingual booklet, Educational Rights for Children with
 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Primer for Parents. The booklet
 will increase the availability of information about laws protecting
 educational rights of eligible children with AD/HD and can be an important
 tool for Hispanic/Latino parents of children with AD/HD.
     "Hispanic children with AD/HD have unique needs," said Jane L. Delgado,
 PhD, MS, president and CEO of the Alliance. "Our hope is that this guide
 will help Hispanic parents face the challenges they meet when their
 children are diagnosed with AD/HD and who may be eligible for services in
 the public school system."
     According to the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH), 7.8
 percent of children ages four to 17 have a history of AD/HD. Typically,
 symptoms of AD/HD arise in early childhood, although the disorder may not
 be diagnosed until later.
     The Spanish/English booklet guides parents through the process of
 identifying the disorder and understanding federal laws that assure
 specialized education and related services for eligible children with
 AD/HD. Written in question and answer format, the booklet includes case
 histories, a list of available resources and a glossary.
     "Developing informational materials in English and Spanish is a
 critical part of our outreach efforts to the Latino community and we're
 pleased to have this opportunity to partner with the Alliance on this
 important publication," said Phyllis Anne Teeter Ellison, EdD, president of
 CHADD. "It's CHADD's responsibility to ensure information about the
 diagnosis and treatment of AD/HD is available to everyone affected by the
 disorder, especially in terms of educating our children."
     Publication of the brochure was made possible by a cooperative grant
 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which funds the
 National Resource Center on AD/HD (NRC) through CHADD.
     Single free copies of the guide are available on request by calling the
 NRC at 1-800-233-4050 or the Alliance's Su Familia Helpline at
     About the Alliance
     The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the nation's oldest and
 largest network of Hispanic health professionals. The nation's action forum
 for Hispanic health, Alliance members deliver services to over 12 million
 persons every year, making a daily difference in the lives of Hispanic
 communities. For more information, visit the Alliance's website
 ( or call 1-866-SU-FAMILIA (1-866-783-2645).
     About CHADD
     CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity
 Disorder) is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving
 individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has more than 14,000
 members in 200 local affiliates throughout the U.S. Local CHADD groups
 offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals ad others.
     CHADD was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of
 isolation experienced by parents and their children with AD/HD. Countless
 individuals and families dealing with AD/HD turn to CHADD for information,
 public advocacy and support. The lifeblood of CHADD is its dedicated
 volunteers throughout the country who play an integral role in the
 organization's success
     The National Resource Center on AD/HD, funded by the Centers for
 Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was established in 2002 as a national
 clearinghouse for evidence-based information about AD/HD. The NRC provides
 information to professionals and the public on the appropriate diagnosis
 and treatment of AD/HD, educational issues and living with AD/HD.