To receive accommodations based on a learning disability, ADD/ADHD, psychiatric disability
or some chronic health problem, students must submit documentation which is current, relevant
and complete. It should include the credentials of the evaluator as well as a clear statement
identifying the disability and its current impact on the student. All letters must be printed
on letterhead and must include the evaluator's name, title, credentials, the date of the
evaluation and signature of the evaluator.
Educational and/or psychological evaluations performed by a qualified professional such as a
licensed psychologist, school psychologist, neuro-psychologist or learning disabilities specialist
are appropriate for validating learning disabilities. The reports must identify the battery of tests
administered and provide the scores.
A letter from a physician, physician's assistant or other qualified professional with the diagnosis
clearly stated will be deemed appropriate documentation for ADD/ADHD.
Verification of this disability in the form of a formal signed letter from any one of the following is acceptable:audiologist
Katzenbach School for the Deaf (or a similar educational institution).
If audiometric results are submitted as documentation, they must be accompanied by a narrative interpretation.
Verification of this disability in the form of a formal signed letter from any one of the following is acceptable:a physician whose specialty is eyes
Commission for the Blind caseworker
Students must present a letter from a physician indicating how the condition impacts a major life function.
Documentation Guidelines for those seeking protection under Section 504 and the ADA for Psychiatric Disabilities
All requests for accommodations based on psychiatric disabilities MUST be supported by an evaluation conducted by a qualified professional such as a:
Relevantly trained medical doctor
Clinical social worker
Psychiatric nurse practitioner
The evaluation MUST include a clear and specific diagnostic statement and a DSM V classification code. Definitive language should be used and terms such as “it appears, is consistent with, suggests, may indicate” should be avoided.
The statement must be typed on professional letterhead, signed and dated. It must also contain the title and credentials of the evaluator.
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