Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
Students requesting accommodations and/or support services under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and /or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 must provide documentation of the existence of a disability which substantially limits a major life activity. In order to accurately determine the appropriate accommodations, the documentation should be current, within 3 years. It may be appropriate to extend the testing limit to 5 years if the data are reflective of the student's current functioning. In all cases, the documentation should be appropriate to the anticipated setting. Documentation should include, but not be limited to the following:
- QUALIFICATIONS OF THE EVALUATOR - Name and professional credentials of the evaluator must be present in the documentation. The evaluations must be performed by a licensed psychologist with training and experience in the evaluation of the adolescent/adult psychiatric disorders. Specifically their expertise should be in the area of ADD - ADHD. The name, title and professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about license or certification as well as the area of specialization, employment and state/province.
- COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT - An explanation of the evaluative instruments used to reach the diagnosis must be provided.
- IMPACT ON EDUCATIONAL FUNCTIONING - A complete description of the impact of ADHD on the student's academic functioning must be provided. Examples of academic functioning would include the impact upon study skills, classroom behavior, test-taking and organizing research.
- RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS - Any requested accommodations should be consistent with the information provided in sections described above.
The provided test information should include an educational, developmental and mental history relevant to the disability. It must include a list of all tests administered in the evaluation report and must include all relevant subtest scores used to document the disability. The report must include a diagnosis of the disability. It should describe how the disability affects one or more of life's activities and should describe the specific accommodations required. Again, the documentation should adequately support each of the requested accommodations. The documentation should be typed or printed on official letterhead and be signed by an evaluator qualified to make the diagnosis. This report should include information about the license or certification and area of organization.