Students with a psychological disability are provided accommodations and coordinated support services through the Office of Disability Services. Support services and accommodations are determined by the individual diagnostic information submitted by the student.
Students requesting services are required to submit documentation to verify the presence of a condition that substantially limits a major life activity, as stated under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Because psychological disabilities can change over time, a current diagnosis is critical for determining eligibility and providing appropriate accommodations and support services. Depending on the disability, evaluations may need to be updated as often as every six (6) months.
Please provide a type-written report on official letterhead that includes the following information:
The documentation must include the following information and be typed on official letterhead, dated, and signed:
The documentation must include a clear statement of the individual's psychological condition (DSM IV diagnosis with Axes I, II, and V), with a description of diagnostic tests, methods, and/or criteria used.
The documentation must give dates of evaluation or treatment (from _____ to_____) in order to establish the history of the condition and recency of the evaluation (must be at least within the last year). This should include specific results and the examiner's narrative interpretation. The evaluation should include treatments, medications, or assistive devices/services currently prescribed or in use. In addition, please provide a description of the expected progression or stability of the impact of the disability over time, particularly the next five years.
If this person has been referred for a complete battery of testing for learning disabilities or Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder to rule out any co-morbidity, please provide a copy of the documentation and date completed.
The documentation should indicate how the individual's condition might affect him/her in the academic/college setting. The evaluation should list functional limitations experienced by the student. This is very helpful in choosing appropriate accommodations. The attached list can be used as a checklist by the evaluator(s).
Beyond the four (4) elements needed for documentation, recommendations for accommodations, adaptive devices, assistive services, compensatory strategies, and/or collateral support services (i.e. referral to the Counseling & Student Development Center and/or, off-campus resources for counseling, etc.) will be considered within the context of the student's program.
**Please include a completed Psychiatric Functional Limitations Checklist with this documentation.