Myth: Compensating for ADD (e.g. giving extra time on tests in school) is unfair to other people.
Reality: Legally, a student with ADD is covered by both US Public Law 94-1942 (Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under these laws, schools are required to make accommodations for the ADD student. Many of these accommodations are simple to make and many of them would make learning better for all students. For example using an exciting, interactive teaching style rather than constant, droning lectures can help any youngster to stay more focused. Placing children in smaller classes allows for more of the teacher’s individualized attention and has been shown to improve learning across the board. Most children benefit from the use of visual aids. And removing time pressure from testing seems to have a positive benefit for most students, not just those with ADD.
Educators today also are recognizing that individuals learn in different ways and that one method of teaching may work for one person, while another student may need a different approach. With this recognition, educators should change the 10 definition of fairness from treating all people the same to giving each individual what he or she needs to be successful.