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Disability Policies and Guidelines: Required Documentation for Services

Guidelines for Documentation of Learning Disabilities

The Office of Counseling and Health Services will accept diagnoses of specific learning disabilities that are based on current, age-appropriate, psychoeducational evaluations. The assessment must be administered by a trained and qualified (i.e., certified and/or licensed) professional (e.g., psychologist, school psychologist, neuropsychologist, educational diagnostician, or student clinician being supervised by a qualified professional) who has had direct experience with adolescents and adults with learning disabilities. The evaluation must include comprehensive measures in each of the following areas:

  1. Aptitude (the evaluation must contain a complete intellectual assessment, with all subtests and standard scores reported)
  2. Academic achievement (the evaluation must contain a comprehensive achievement battery with all subtests and standard scores reported). The test battery should include current levels of functioning in the relevant areas, such as reading (decoding and comprehension), mathematics, and oral and written expression.
  3. Information processing (the evaluation should assess specific information processing areas such as short- and long-term memory, sequential memory, auditory and visual perception/processing, processing speed, executive function and motor ability)

Diagnostic Report
A comprehensive report should contain the following information:

  1. Diagnostic interview that addresses relevant historical information, past and current academic achievement, instructional foundation, past performance in areas of difficulty, and age of initial diagnosis.
  2. List of all instruments used in the test battery
  3. Discussion of test behavior and specific test results
  4. Diagnostic summary statement with the following information:
    • Clear and direct statement that a learning disability does or does not exist including, a rule out of alternative explanations for the learning problems.
    • Clear statement specifying the substantial limitations to one or more major life activities
    • Recommendations for accommodations, including rationale

 

 
 

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