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VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Section 504 Considerations for Students With Internalizing Disorders Experiencing Academic Difficulties

Jill K. Bryant and Dana J. Strabavy


When children or adolescents experience mental health problems, frequently the symptoms associated with their diagnosis also exacerbate their abilities to meet academic expectations. Behavioral, physical, and cognitive symptoms are likely to affect school performance, which in turn complicates clinical improvement. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 affords students the right to appropriate support, accommodations, or interventions to assist them in their efforts to be successful in the school setting. This article examines common symptoms of youth diagnosed with depression or anxiety and explores the application of Section 504 to assist these students in managing their academic performance. School counselors can utilize this information to advocate for students who are experiencing academic difficulties due to symptoms associated with internalizing disorders.

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