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Specific Disability Documentation Requirements

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

Report from a psychologist or psychiatrist that includes the following:

  • Clear Statement of ADHD with the DSM-IV diagnosis;
  • A description of the symptoms which meet the criteria for the diagnosis;
  • A summary of the assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis;
  • Currently prescribed medications and possible side effects;
  • A description of the functional limitation(s) caused by the disability;
  • Recommendations for reasonable academic accommodations.
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

Report from an audiologist or otolaryngologist that includes the following:

  • Results of an audiogram showing the degree of hearing loss;
  • The type of hearing loss (conductive or sensorineural);
  • Whether the hearing loss is temporary or permanent, whether it is stable or progressive;
  • Whether the condition is mitigated by hearing aids or medication;
  • A description of the functional limitation(s) caused by the disability;
  • Recommendations for reasonable academic accommodations.
Physical Disability and/or Health-Related Impairment

Letter or report from a physician in an appropriate medical specialization that includes the following:

  • The specific medical condition which causes the disability;
  • Whether the condition is temporary or permanent, and if it is stable or progressive;
  • Information about current prescribed medications used to treat the disability and possible side effects;
  • A description of the functional limitation(s) caused by the disability;
  • Recommendations for reasonable academic accommodations.
Psychological and/or Psychiatric Disorder

Report from psychiatrist or licensed psychologist or a psychological or neuropsychological evaluation that includes the following:

  • Clear statement of the condition with the DSM-IV diagnosis;
  • A description of the symptoms which meet the criteria for the diagnosis;
  • A summary of the assessment procedures and evaluation instruments which were used to make to make the diagnosis;
  • Information about current prescribed medications and possible side effects;
  • Recommendations for reasonable academic accommodations.
Specific Learning Disabilities

A comprehensive psycho-educational assessment from a psychologist or learning disabilities specialist that includes the following:

NOTE: All these tests must be based on adult norms.

  • Clear statement of the specific learning disability with the DSM-IV diagnosis;
  • A test used to measure intellectual ability, including scores and subtests scores.
    • Acceptable IQ tests:

      Kaufman Adolescent and Adult Intelligence Test
      Stanford Binet 4th Edition
      Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – III (WAIS-III)
      Woodcock-Johnson III General Intelligence Ability (GIA)

      • May Not Be Acceptable:

        Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test
        Slosson Intelligence Test
        Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI)
        Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-III (WISC-III)

      A test used to measure academic achievement, including scores and subtest scores.

    • Acceptable achievement tests:

      Nelson-Denny Reading Test
      Scholastic Abilities Test for Adults (SATA)
      Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-II (WIAT-II)
      Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement
      Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests – Revised

      • May Not Be Acceptable:

        Wide Range Achievement Test- 3 (WRAT-3)

      A test used to measure processing ability, including scores and subtest scores

    • Acceptable processing tests:

      Detroit Tests of Learning Aptitude – Adult
      Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Cognitive Abilities

      Profile of academic strengths and weaknesses and how these relate to academic limitation(s)
      Clinical summary
      Recommendations for reasonable accommodations

Speech Impairments

Report or letter from a speech pathologist or physician that includes the following:

  • The specific disabling condition
  • Whether the condition is temporary or permanent, and if it is stable or progressive
  • A description of the functional limitation(s) caused by the disability
  • Recommendations for reasonable academic accommodations
Visual Impairments

Report or letter from an ophthalmologist or optometrist that includes the following:

  • The specific medical condition which causes the visual impairment
  • The degree of visual acuity, including with corrective lenses
  • The extent of the visual fields
  • Whether the condition is temporary or permanent, and if it is stable or progressive
  • Whether the condition is mitigated by corrective lenses or medication
  • A description of the functional limitation(s) caused by the disability
  • Recommendations for reasonable academic accommodations
 
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