Meeting the Needs of the Optometry Student with ADHD

Elizabeth P. Heiney, MS


This paper summarizes a presentation given at the 2009 American Academy of Optometry annual conference in Orlando, FL. Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) represent the largest group of students seeking disability services in college. The literature is only beginning to recognize the specific needs of these students in the college setting. While a portion of these students also pursue graduate degrees, the current literature examining the impact of graduate study on a person with ADHD is extremely limited. This paper expands the knowledge base regarding the challenges faced by the graduate student with ADHD, specifically those in an optometry program. Recommendations for educators that can be applied to the classroom as well as the clinical setting are explored.

Key Words: ADHD, graduate students, optometry students, academic needs, accommodations

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