To receive academic accommodations and support services through the Office of Disability Services, you must first register with our office by providing current documentation submitted by a licensed or certified diagnostician or medical professional. This documentation must be a comprehensive assessment including recommendations, rationale for accommodations, and recommendations for treatment. The office will review submitted documentation within five business days.
We reserve the right to request additional information should the documentation provided be insufficient in diagnosing and describing the disability or in providing enough information to determine academic accommodations. We are not responsible for ensuring academic accommodations for students who identify themselves only to faculty and not directly through the Office of Disability Services.
Requirements and general guidelines for providing documentation are listed below.
In addition, we recommend that if you have a medical condition, you should contact the Center for Health and Wellness, where nurse practitioners and part-time physicians can help you maintain your health.
These requirements are intended for but not limited to: psychiatric/psychological disabilities, physical disabilities (hearing and vision), mobility/orthopedic disabilities, systemic disorders and medical conditions, and temporary disabilities.
Your documentation must:
- All reports should be conducted by a qualified professional in the area of diagnosis and should be typed in English on letterhead, dated and signed
- Be current (date of documentation depends on diagnosis)
- Clearly state the diagnosed disability or disabilities
- Include complete educational, developmental and medical history relevant to the disability
- Describe the current impact and functional limitations resulting from the disability or disabilities
- Include a list of all test instruments used in determining the diagnosis
- A thorough interperative summary of testing results
- Describe the specific accommodations requested
- Adequately support each of the requested accommodations
Documentation Requirements for Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
A full neuropsychological assessment is required for all learning disabilities and is highly recommended for a diagnosis of ADHD. We will also review another format of assessment for ADHD which includes diagnostic testing, interperative summary of results and impact of functioning.
Documentation must meet the following criteria:
- All reports should be conducted by a qualified professional (see below) and should be typed in English on letterhead, dated and signed.
- Clinical or educational psychologist
- School psychologist
- Learning disabilities specialist
- Medical doctor with demonstrated training and experience in the assessment of learning disabilities and/or ADHD in adolescents and adults
- Current (testing generally has been completed within the past 3-4 years).
- Summary of a diagnostic/clinical interview
- Assessment of the major domains of cognitive and academic functioning (ex. psychometric assessment- aptitude/cognitive ability, academic achievement, areas of cognitive and information processing, and any other measure deemed appropriate by the evaluator)
- List of tests administered, including all standard scores
- Expert interpretation of the results including test scores
- A clear diagnosis and statement of disability
- Discussion of the functional limitations and academic functioning levels
- Recommendations with a rationale