A diagnostic report must document a disability. A reasonable accommodations plan cannot be put in place until the student’s documentation is complete.
Documentation is required from a professional such as a school psychologist, psychologist, psychiatrist, metal health counselor, social worker, or other specialist in the area of disability. See Documentation Guidelines for detailed information.
The information should be submitted on official letterhead including your signature.
- A clear statement of the diagnosis, and or any medication(s) you may be presently taking.
- Information for eligibility should be current, preferably within the last three years. The length of time for acceptable information is dependent upon the disabling condition, the current status of the student, and the type of accommodation requested.
- A summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis, including evaluation results and standardized scores. A description of present functioning which provides evidence of ongoing behavior that has impaired functioning over time.
- Information relating to the student’s needs should include the impact of the disability. How the disability substantially limits one or more major life activities.
- Specific suggestions of reasonable accommodations which might be appropriate at the college level are encouraged. These suggestions should be supported by the diagnosis and assessment.
Accommodations are intended to help enable students with disabilities to meet the academic requirements through an alternative path, with no reduction in standards.
For more information, please contact:
Diana Refsell, M.S.,