Students requesting accommodations based on a diagnosis of a psychological disability are required to submit documentation that must include a comprehensive assessment prepared by a licensed or credentialed professional. The diagnostician must be an impartial individual who is not a family member of the student.
The disability must be diagnosed, documented, and substantially limit one or more major life activity. In order to receive appropriate accommodations, the diagnosis must clearly link the impact of the disability to the individual’s functional limitations.
Diagnoses may include, but are not limited to, depressive disorders, OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, dissociative disorders. Reasonable accommodations will be determined based on the documentation submitted.
Required documentation must include
- A clear statement of the disability, including the DSM-IV diagnosis and a summary of present symptoms.
- A summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis, including evaluation results and standardized scores, if applicable.
- Medical information relating to student’s needs, including the current impact of medication on the student’s ability to perform in an academic or community living setting.
- A statement of the functional impact or limitations of the disability on learning or other major life activity.
- Rationale for any accommodations based on the functional impact of the diagnosis.