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Learning Disabilities

The University requests that students submit documentation to determine their eligibility for classroom accommodations. These guidelines are provided to assist the student in obtaining complete and accurate documentation. All documentation is confidential and will be secured in the office of disability support services. 

Guidelines

  1. In order to receive accommodations for a specific learning disability, a psycho-educational or neuropsychological evaluation that provides a diagnosis as defined by the DSM-IV must be submitted. If there is a dual diagnosis (ADD/ADHD, mood disorder, etc.), this should be specified in the documentation.
  2. Learning disability evaluations must be performed by a professional licensed/ certified in the field of learning disabilities. Professionals who are qualified include psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, and learning disabilities specialists.
  3. Evaluations used to diagnose a learning disability should be based on a full battery of tests including:
    • Cognitive Functioning/Intelligence Test: An individually administered intelligence test such as the WAIS-R or the WAIS-III. Sub-test scores should be included in the assessment report.
    • Academic Achievement: A comprehensive academic achievement battery such as the Woodcock-Johnson must document deficits relative to potential. This should include current levels of functioning in relevant areas.
    • Information Processing: Specific areas such as short and long term memory, auditory and visual perception/processing, and executive functioning should be assessed.
    • Social-Emotional Assessment: Assessment should be included that rules out a primary emotional basis for learning difficulties.
    • Clinical Summary: A diagnostic summary including specific recommendations for accommodations.
  4. Please note that neither a 504 plan nor an individualized educational plan constitute appropriate documentation, but may be submitted in addition to the above.
  5. The documentation must reflect the current status of the disability, and be as up-to-date as possible (within the last three years). If the documentation is older than this, the student may be required to submit updated information and/or documentation.