Certifying Eligibility for Services

Disability Services for Students Office requests disability-related documentation from the appropriate United States licensed professional to verify a student as having a disability and to determine reasonable accommodations (please refer to Disability Self-Disclosure-Provider Verification Form). If the initial documentation is incomplete, or inadequate based upon the College's criteria, Disability Services has the discretion to require additional documentation.

Once adequate and appropriate documentation is received, Disability Services will certify that a student has a disability. The student’s documentation will remain confidential and be on file in the Disability Services for Students Office. Pending receipt of documentation, Disability Services reserves the right to deny services or accommodations.

Documentation Standards 

To receive academic accommodations, a student must provide diagnostic evaluation by a licensed psychologist, psychiatrist or a medical provider. This documentation should meet the following criteria:

States a specific diagnosis using the DSM V

Is current

  • Learning disabilities – within the last 5 years
  • ADHD/ADD – within the last 3 years
  • Psychiatric – within 12 months

(Note that high school IEP’s are not acceptable for certifying a disability but may be helpful in determining proper accommodations)

For learning disabilities, provide test results, with standard scores and percentiles (including subtests), from

  1. an aptitude assessment using a complete, valid, and comprehensive battery,
  2. a complete achievement battery,
  3. an assessment of information processing, and
  4. evidence that alternative explanations were ruled out.

For ADD/ADHD, include

  1. evidence of early impairment,
  2. evidence of current impairment, including presenting problem and diagnostic interview,
  3. evidence that alternative explanations were ruled out,
  4. results from valid, standardized, age-appropriate assessment, and
  5. number of applicable DSM-IV criteria and description of how they impair the individual.

Describes presenting problem(s) and developmental history, including relevant educational and medical history.

Describes the comprehensive assessments (neuropsycholgical or psycho-educational evaluations), including evaluation dates used to arrive at the diagnosis.

For physical/sensory disabilities or impairments, provides results from a complete ocular, audiologic, or other appropriate medical examination

Describes the functional limitations resulting from the disability, as supported by the test results.

Describes specific recommended accommodations and provides a rational explaining how these specific accommodations address the functional limitations.

Establishes the professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about licensure of certification, education, and are of specialization.