Office of Disability Services


Documentation of a Learning Disability

checkmarkStudents requesting accommodations for a learning disability are required to submit documentation verifying eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. This documentation must include a comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation conducted by a licensed or otherwise properly credentialed professional who: 1.) is certified to perform the evaluation 2.) is familiar with the challenges and functional requirements of a college environment, and 3.) is an impartial evaluator/diagnostician who is not a family member nor in a dual relationship with the student.

checkmark The evaluation report must be current* , detailed, comprehensive, and include a full narrative listing and interpreting all test scores with evidence of statistically significant intra-individual discrepancies. The report must include a clearly stated diagnosis and should reflect a current, significant impairment impacting a major life function. Recommended accommodations must be clearly linked to the test data with a discussion of each.In addition, a list of all current or past accommodations utilized successfully should be included. (*A current evaluation should be administered within three years of the date of enrollment and/or normed for adults.)

checkmark The evaluation must include at least one measure from each of the following categories:

1. A measure of Intellectual Ability or Cognitive Functioning- Examples of such measures include:

  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised (WAIS III)
  • Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery

2.  A measure of Achievement in reading comprehension, written language, and/or mathematics, which demonstrates a significant impairment. Examples of such measures include:

  • Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery-R: Tests of Achievement
  • Test of Written Language-3 (TOWL)
  • Nelson-Denny Reading Test
  • Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests-R
  • Stanford Diagnostic Mathematics Test-3 rd Edition

3.  A measure of Information Processing in one or more of the following areas that demonstrates a significant impairment:

  • Visual and/or auditory processing
  • Memory
  • Processing speed (other than the Nelson Denny Reading Rate)
  • Attention and concentration
  • Perceptual motor skills
  • Other cognitive measures which are related to the disability
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