In general documentation should include the following:
- Documentation should be typed and on letterhead that includes the name, credentials, and contact information of the evaluator
- Clear and specific statement of diagnosis and degree of functional limitation on one or more major life activities
- A summary of a comprehensive diagnostic interview that addresses relevant educational, medical, and family histories.
- A comprehensive assessment battery addressing aptitude and academic achievement. A narrative summary and actual scores from the tests and subtests must support the diagnosis.
- A description of the history & current impact and/or limitations that the student’s disabling condition has on learning, academic performance, and other aspects of functioning with regard to the accommodations that are being requested.
The following items, though they may be used as supporting information, are not considered acceptable documentation in support of a disability or need for accommodations:
- Prescription pad diagnosis
- Phrasing such as “appears”, “suggests”, is consistent with”, “has a problem with” or similar wording in diagnosis statement or summary
- Transcripts from previous institutions
- Accommodation letter from another institution
Arcadia University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Compliance with these guidelines usually prevents the necessity for further testing; however, the University reserves the right to review the diagnosis and to require additional documentation. More specific guidelines, including verification of disability forms as well as information regarding sources where evaluations can be obtained locally are available from the DSS staff. Students are encouraged to meet with DSS staff if they have any questions regarding documentation.
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