Disabilities resulting from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

a. Qualifications of the evaluator: Evaluators should have experience or training in the assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury whether resulting from head trauma, or other medical condition. Medical doctors specializing in this area are generally neurologists, but other specialists may also be appropriate. Neuropsychologists will also be viewed as qualified to substantiate the extent of the disability and its impact on academic performance. The name, title and professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about license or certification, as well as the area of specialization, employer 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 or a neuropsychological 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. A complete report will describe 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.