Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

a. Qualifications of the evaluator: Professionals conducting assessments and rendering diagnoses of ADHD must have training in differential diagnosis and the full range of psychiatric disorders. Clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists or neurologists will be viewed as qualified to substantiate ADHD. The name, title and professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about license or certification, as well as the area of specialization, employment and state/province in which the individual practices should be clearly stated. All reports/letters should be on letterhead, typed, dated, signed and otherwise legible.

b. Substantiation of the disability: Documentation of ADHD must be current (within 3 years) and must be comprehensive. An IEP or 504 plan is NOT sufficient as documentation. A complete diagnostic report should include evidence of early impairment and evidence of current impairment with a statement of presenting problem and diagnostic interview. The diagnostic report must rule out alternative diagnoses/explanations, must report relevant testing (such as neuropsychological testing), identify DSM-IV criteria, include a specific diagnosis and include an interpretive summary describing the nature and severity of the disability, functional limitations in the college environment and justification for each of the requested accommodations. The preferred documentation of ADHD will be a complete neuropsychological report with psychometric data; this report may be required for certain types of accommodations requested.

c. Recommendations for accommodations: The recommendations should indicate why specific accommodations are needed and how the effects of the specific disability are accommodated. Specific test results or clinical observations described in the letter should support the recommendations.