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Documentation Requirements for Disabilities

 

 

All disabilities that affect learning require documentation that verifies the disability, clarifies the areas of learning affected and states the adjustments recommended in the educational setting.  In addition to documentation, a disabled student must be otherwise qualified for admission to or participation in a program  of  study with or without a reasonable adjustment.

 

CRITERIA FOR DISABILITIES:



Learning Disabilities

  • Psychological Profile not more than 3 years old or Adult normed and signed by an individual with the credentials to make the diagnosis.
  • Specific learning disability must be stated.
  • Individually administered intelligence test.
  • Oral language skills, social emotional status, specific academic deficits assessed.
  • Achievement assessment:  math, reading, written language skills.
  • Assessed using appropriate age norms.
  • Suggestions on possible accommodations in educational setting.
  • Information processing

 

ADD/ADHD

  • Documentation (not more than 3 years old or Adult normed) written on letterhead and signed by an individual with the credentials to make the diagnosis.
  • Symptoms reported before age of 7.
  • Clear evidence/documentation of interference with developmentally appropriate academic, social, or vocational functioning.
  • Observation of current ADHD symptoms from 2 professionals working independently, under direction and time constraints.
  • Schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, autism or mental retardation not the primary disability.
  • Suggestions on possible accommodations in educational setting.
  • Self report of at least 3 major behaviors from DSM-IV.
  • Documentation of 2 scales of ADHD behaviors.

 

Brain Injuries

  • Documentation written on letterhead and signed by the specialist detailing the impact of the limitations on ability to participate in post-secondary education.
  • Current assessment using adult norms of cognitive and psychological strengths and limitations, readiness to participate, and preferred learning style from a Neurologist or other appropriate medical specialist.
  • Evidence that impairment substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  • Suggestions on possible accommodations in educational setting.

 

Visual, Hearing, Health, and Mobility Impairments

  • Documentation written on letterhead and signed by an individual with the credentials to make the diagnosis.
  • Include the specific diagnosis for visual/hearing/health/mobility impairment and attach any test results that measures limitations on learning.
  • Report should include any medications or aids used by student, including effects these have on the learning limitations.
  • Suggestions on possible accommodations in educational setting.

 

Psychological Disorders

  • Report written on letterhead of diagnostician and signed by individual with credentials to make diagnosis.
  • DSM-IV diagnosis/date of diagnosis.
  • Assessment procedures used to make diagnosis and attach any tests used to measure learning limitations.
  • Major symptoms currently being manifested and date of last visit.
  • Level of symptom severity (Global Assessment of Functioning) and what is treatment plan and prognosis.
  • Report should include current medications student is taking and the impact it has on learning.
  • Suggestions on possible accommodations in educational setting.

 

 

 

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