Learning disabilities

a. Qualifications of the Evaluator: Evaluators should have experience or training in the assessment of learning problems in adolescents and adults: clinical or educational psychologists, school psychologists, neuropsychologists, learning disabilities specialists, and some medical doctors will be viewed as qualified to substantiate learning disabilities. 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 should be on letterhead, typed, dated, signed and otherwise legible.

b. Substantiation of the Disability: The required document will be a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation report. An IEP or 504 plan is NOT sufficient as documentation, but may be attached to the comprehensive diagnostic report. The complete diagnostic report should include a diagnostic interview, assessment of aptitude, academic achievement, and information processing, a specific diagnosis, test scores, and clinical summary with suggested accommodations. Documentation will consist of a complete report describing the nature and severity of the disability, functional limitations in the college environment and justification for each of the requested accommodations.
(See Appendix B for a specific list of test instruments that are considered acceptable as documentation).

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