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.