Students with learning disabilities must provide the Student Disability Services with documentation that meets the documentation guidelines established by this office. Described below is a preferred documentation profile for individuals with learning disabilities who are requesting accommodations or academic support services. This type of documentation not only validates the presence of a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, but is most useful in providing information to support educational planning and anticipate future accommodation needs. All documentation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- A comprehensive psycho-educational test battery, which means intelligence/ability testing and educational/achievement testing are recommended. A full diagnostic report, including all standard test scores as well as subtest scores and the evaluator's narrative, is recommended. If you are providing information from a public school, include the most recent Comprehensive Evaluation (i.e. Multi-factored Evaluation) and Individual Educational Program (IEP) and the original eligibility evaluation as well as any other MFE's that include the results of a psycho-educational test battery. These documents alone may or may not provide adequate information to document the learning disability.
- A diagnosis made by (a) qualified professional(s) i.e., licensed school psychologist, licensed psychologist, learning disabilities/educational specialist is suggested.
- A description of current functional limitations is helpful in determining reasonable accommodations. Psycho-educational testing completed within the last three years typically provides a better assessment of current functional limitations.
- Suggestions for appropriate accommodations are helpful. It is important that these suggestions are based upon functional limitations. If it is not evident why an accommodation is suggested by assessing test scores and resulting functional limitations, then a rationale for the accommodations is necessary.