Documentation of Disability

Appropriate documentation of a disability should be no more than three years old so that the current impact of the disability is addressed. The documentation should include the following:

  1. A clear diagnostic statement from a qualified professional identifying the disability, date of the current evaluation, and date of the original diagnosis
  2. A description of the diagnostic criteria and/or diagnostic tests used. The diagnosis of a specific learning disability should be comprehensive and should not rely on one test or subtest for diagnosis. Minimally, the testing should address the following domains:
    1. aptitude (such as WAIS-R or Woodcock Johnson)
    2. academic achievement in reading, mathematics, and oral and written language
    3. information processing (e.g. short and long term memory, auditory and visual processing, processing speed)
  3. Recommendations for accommodations including rationale
  4. Treatment, medication, or auxiliary aids prescribed
  5. The credentials of the diagnosing professional(s)

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