Waivers for ADHD

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  1. RScott

    RScott New Member

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    I have seen years of concerned parents asking about waivers for their DS; and years of answers of it depends, case by case, etc.

    Can anyone step up with success stories and reassure us and our DS' about the prospects or lack of them?

    We have consistently counseled our own DS, be honest, be patient and respect the system; however, I have to admit we are all quite stressed over this unexpected negative turn.

    Thanks in advance to any of you who can give real life success stories or failures to close the loop.

    RScott
     
  2. powderhorngreen

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    DS received remedial for ADD and then was fully cleared by Dodmerb. We provided proof of all 6 of the conditions in the regulations. Son was on meds for less than a year with sporadic use. While it was gathering lots of paperwork and gathering information quickly from numerous sources, we sailed through the remedial no problem. Here are the regulations we were directed to:

    29. LEARNING, PSYCHIATRIC, AND BEHAVIORAL
    a. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (314) UNLESS the following criteria are met:
    (1) The applicant has not required an Individualized Education Program or work accommodations since the age of 14.
    (2) There is no history of comorbid mental disorders.
    (3) The applicant has never taken more than a single daily dosage of medication or has not been prescribed medication for this condition for more than 24 cumulative months after the age of 14.
    (4) During periods off of medication after the age of 14, the applicant has been able to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average without accommodations.
    (5) Documentation from the applicant’s prescribing provider that continued medication is not required for acceptable occupational or work performance.
    (6) Applicant is required to enter service and pass Service-specific training periods with no prescribed medication for ADHD.
     
  3. RScott

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    Thanks for the reply. Your experience is about what I expected we would encounter. Although our DS had been on meds much longer, he meets or exceeds all 6 criteria. We are pursuing a release from diagnosis from the original physician in hopes it will further strengthen our assertions of his capability and compliance.

    regards,
    RScott
     
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    BTW, how on earth did you prove condition 6?

    rgds,
    RScott
     
  5. powderhorngreen

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    Condition #6 - Letters from physician and school counselor stating support of item #6. Remember that each case in unique. DS was on meds for short time with preliminary diagnosis. Ultimately, all involved supported a finding that the original ADD/ADHD diagnosis was not valid and that decision was reached 2 years earlier and in his medical records.
     

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