Disability Documentation Specifics

Students who request special accommodations due to a disability must provide the appropriate documentation from a qualified professional. The type of documentation required depends upon the specific disability of the student.

In cases involving learning disabilities, students must provide documentation that their disability was diagnosed by a qualified professional who utilized diagnostic testing. The documentation should detail the student’s performance level on the diagnostic testing used to identify the disability. Additional information that must be provided on the documentation includes, but is not limited to, the student’s current disability, developmental history, and neuropsychological evaluation results.

In cases involving Attention Deficit Disorder, students must provide documentation that their condition was diagnosed by a qualified professional who conducted appropriate testing. The documentation must include evidence of early and current impairment as well as the results of the diagnostic testing.

Students who request special accommodations as a result of a visual impairment must provide the history of the impairment as well as a description of the current condition. Documentation must include the results of vision testing, ocular motility exams, slit lamp exams, pupil exams, optic nerve exams and retinal exams. A qualified professional must provide a detailed description of the student’s diagnosis as well as explain the degree to which the condition was attempted to be remedied by the use of glasses, contacts, or other visual devices.

Students who request special accommodations as a result of a hearing impairment are required to provide the results of a hearing test conducted by a qualified professional. The documentation must include medical history, the effect of the disability on reading and comprehension speed, the specific diagnosis, and the date of hearing loss.

For all other physical disorders, students must provide a medical diagnosis from a qualified professional. Students requesting special accommodations for a physical disability must provide their medical history and the date the condition was diagnosed.

All documentation, regardless of the disability, must include a description of the manner in which the specific condition impedes the student in a standardized testing environment. All documentation must also provide a recommendation for appropriate and specific special accommodations along with a detailed discussion as to how the prescribed accommodation will correct the disadvantage created by the disability.