Disability Documentation Requirements
Individuals qualified to determine disability
- Psychologist/Psychiatrist/Neurologist: ADD, ADHD
- Psychologist/Psychiatrist/Certified Social Worker: Emotional Disability
- Psychologist/Psychiatrist/Certified Social Worker
- Ophthalmologist: Visual Impairment
- Certified Otologist, Audiologist: Hearing Impairment
- Psychologist, Neurophysiologist, School Psychologist, Learning Disabilities Specialist: Learning Disability
- Medical Doctor: Physical Disability
Specifications for documentation
- Include a diagnostic statement identifying the disability, date of the current diagnostic evaluation, and the date of the original diagnosis.
- Be current, typically within the last three years. Acceptable documentation is dependent upon the disabling condition, it's interaction with development across one's life span, the presence or absence of significant events (since the original diagnosis) that would impact functioning, and the current condition of the disability at the time of the request for accommodation.
- Include a summary of the evaluation procedures as well as the name of diagnostic tests and evaluation results used to make the diagnosis.
- Provide a description of the current functional impact or limitations of the disability on learning or other major life activities.
- When appropriate, the examiner should address the relevance of accommodation requests to the diagnosed disability.
- When appropriate, the examiner should include treatment, medication, and assistive devices currently prescribed or in use.