Documentation Guidelines

Documentation - Psychological

                                                   REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION GUIDELINES FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL/PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITIES


In order to ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with psychological disabilities, the following documentation is needed:

  • A clear statement of the disability, which must include the exact DSM-IV-TR diagnosis and a summary of the onset, longevity and severity of present symptoms.
  • Documentation for initial eligibility must be current, within the last six months. Documentation for psychiatric disabilities must generally be updated every six months, or on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the disability service provider.
  • A summary of assessment procedures, evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis, and a summary of evaluation results.
  • Currently prescribed treatments, medications, assistive devices, and service should be described. Description should include all currently in use and their estimated effectiveness in ameliorating the impact of the disability. Significant side effects that may affect physical, perceptual, or cognitive functioning within the academic setting should be identified and described.
  • Functional limitations and recommendations for appropriate accommodations as substantiated by the diagnosis should be addressed in the report.
  • The diagnostic report must be current, typed, and include the names and titles of the evaluators as well as the date(s) of testing.


NOTE: We recognize that students are individuals and variations in the documentation may be necessary. Please contact the office if you have questions.

 

*For more information about documentation please refer to the ETS website- Disability Documentation Policy Statements and Forms