My son is 18 and has just been expelled from high school in his senior year. He was diagnosed as severely ADHD at age 3, medicated from age 6, and has had an individualized education plan (IEP) since first grade. Made a dumb mistake and has been expelled. The school has taken the stance that his action was not impulsive so they say that it was not a manifestation of his ADHD. We are going through the due process procedure now. We have tried to get him into private schools but they will not accept him, one school said it was because of his IEP. He has a 3.1 gpa and is an All American athlete. Since he has never been in trouble before, the school contends that he does not have impluse problems. We contend that he tries very hard not to get into trouble and tripped up once. The school wants to place him in an alternative school. unfortunately they do not teach the same level of academics as he is taking (physics and trigonometry and statistics). They found a computer course that he can take at the alternative site. He has never been successful with computer courses because he gets too distracted and if he has a question he needs to know the answer right then, not later. The alternative site consits of students who have been removed from school for chronic discipline problems, drugs, weapons and chronic truancy. None of those things apply to our son. Ironically, the person in charge of fighting us is the student services rep at the school who is in charge of special education....the very person you would think would be our son's advocate! He has identified learning disabilities in math and writing and severe ADHD (he takes 60mg of Focalin every morning). Does anybody have any idea on how we can prove that ADHD people have impulse control issues and that they do not go away? Needless to say, the school district has alot more resources (read:Money) than we do, we are really struggling. Anybody have any suggestions? Oh by the way, the letter from his physician was disregarded at the mediation hearing, the school did not give it any weight at all, literally ignored it.