Office of Disability Services
Documentation and Verification of Attention Deficit Disorder
Students requesting accommodations based on a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder are required to submit documeuation verifying eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
This documentation must include a comprehensive assessment prepared by a licensed professional. The diagnostician must be an impartial individual who is not a family member nor in a dual relationship with the student. This assessment should be current, reflect significant impairment impacting a major life function, and include a clearly stated diagnosis, It must include a full narrative report and evidence of childhood onset.
The diagnosis and recommended accommodations must be clearly linked to the evaluative information with a discussion of each. The assessment must include the information listed below.
Evidence that ADHD-type symptoms arose in childhood:
Approximate age of onset
Date of diagnosis
Retrospective review of DSM-IV criteria, indicating the symptoms endorsed
Evidence of significant impact on academic functioning
Prior accommodations and treatments; if there were none, explain why not
If not previously diagnosed or treated, what factors allowed for successful compensation
Evidence that symptoms currently meet DSM-IV criteria in nature and severity;
Report the symptoms evident in current functioning
Provide objective evidence of significant functional impairment
Symptoms cannot be explained by other psychiatric or cognitive factors
Explanation of current, mitigating factors
Side effects, etc
Rationale for accommodations being requested:
Basis for recommended accommodations
List and discuss current or pat accommodations utilized
Evidence from client's history that particular accommodations have been successful