Learning Disabilities

Primary Documentation

It is most helpful when students provide an evaluation report (such as a psychoeducational evaluation or neuropsychological assessment) that was completed no more than five years prior to the student's request for accommodations. More current documentation is always preferred since it puts AccessibleNU in a better position to determine reasonable accommodations and support. It is generally not necessary to update an evaluation after age 18. Diagnostic reports should be completed by qualified professionals, and should include the following minimum requirements:

  • A clear statement and explanation of the diagnosis and/or functional impacts. Statements that the student has a "learning difficulty" or "learns differently" are often not, by themselves, sufficient.

  • Scores from the tests administered. The battery of tests used should contain widely accepted instruments such as the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - Fourth Edition, the Woodcock Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Ability and Achievement, etc.

  • A history and background section detailing developmental milestones and relevant medical history, any previous evaluations and diagnoses, and any previously utilized accommodations or interventions.

  • Any medication the student is prescribed and a clear statement as to whether the student was taking the medication(s) during the evaluation.

  • Recommendations and rationale for appropriate academic accommodations showingh a clear relationship with the student's particular type of disability. This is especially critical if the accommodations being requested include course requirement substitutions.

Potential Secondary Documentation

Letters stating only that the student has a learning disability but that do not provide any diagnostic information or evidence of a history of accommodation are typically helpful as supplemental but not primary information. Similarly, an IEP or 504 Plan is often not as helpful as an evaluation is at the postsecondary level, but one or both may be used to supplement documentation of disability.

Documentation for Degree or Course Substitution

Students who are requesting a substitution of a degree or course requirement need to provide documentation that the disability directly impacts their ability to fulfill the requirement.