Appropriate, Necessary Documentation for Accommodations
ALL documentation MUST be provided by qualified, licensed, professionals, physicians, psychiatrists, or psychologists with experience diagnosing the specific disability. Diagnosis should state how the disability affects the individual in major life activities and recommended accommodations.
A) Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD; ADHD):
Written diagnostic report that includes client history, DSM diagnosis, level of severity, symptoms, functional limitations, diagnostic procedures, medications prescribed, and recommendations.
B) Deaf or hard of hearing:
An audiogram and a diagnostic statement that includes etiology, type and severity of the hearing loss, functional limitations, and recommendations. Other valuable information includes information regarding speech recognition threshold and use of amplification devices.
C) Learning disabilities:
A detailed report of the assessments including a standardized, individually administered test of cognitive ability/aptitude or intelligence, a standardized, individually administered test of achievement, a standardized, individually administered test of information processing, documentation of the evaluator’s having ruled out alternative explanations for academic problems, an indication of how patterns in the student’s cognitive ability, achievement and information processing reflect the presence of a learning disability. Evaluation of Learning Disability documentation is based on the Association for Higher Education and Disability- AHEAD Documentation Guidelines.
D) Medical disabilities:
A diagnosis and a description of the major life activity affected by the specific
E) Mobility impairments:
In the case of a mobility impairment capabilities may change over time, the documentation must be recent (no older than the last significant change.)
F) Psychological disabilities:
A diagnosis that includes current medications. The documentation must be recent (no older than the last significant change in the treatment or condition).
G) Vision impairments:
A diagnosis and a vision screening test. In the case of a vision impairment that may change over time, the documentation must be recent (no older than the last significant change).
H) Other types of disabilities:
A diagnosis that describes the individual’s functional limitations.
“PRESCRIPTION PAD” DOCUMENTATION IS NOT ADEQUATE OR ACCEPTABLE. ALL LETTERS MUST BE ON THE DIAGONSTICIAN’S LETTERHEAD AND DATED.