- Must be from an individual qualified to diagnose the stated disability, and written
on professional letterhead, or otherwise presented as a formal professional report.
A quick note on a prescription pad indicating diagnosis
is not sufficient.
- Should indicate the specific diagnosis, how long the student has been diagnosed, how
long the provider has been treating the student, and a very brief summary of how the
student is currently treated.
- Needs to include information about the current impact of the student's disability, and any special considerations and/or recommendations
the provider may have for the student as well as suggestions of appropriate accommodations.
- All documentation is confidential and maintained by Disability Services -it does not become
a part of the student's academic record.
Specific Information Regarding Documentation for Learning Disabilities
- Documentation for learning disabilities must be in the form of psychological/psychoeducational
assessment. A copy of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or related documents are
not complete documentation, although they can be helpful to see what types of services
a student has used in the past.
- For assessments to be acceptable they must be conducted by a qualified professional,
appropriately licensed/certified to give them.
- Evaluations should be as current as possible. While a diagnosis of a learning disability
is life-long, the severity of the disability, as well impact on the individual, can
change for a variety of reasons. All assessments must indicate the most current impact
on educational performance.
- Documentation must be comprehensive, including multiple types of tests
- Assessment, scoring, and interpretation must provide specific evidence that a learning
disability has been identified.
- Three specific areas must be addressed in the overall evaluation:
- 1) aptitude,
- 2) academic achievement,
- 3) and information processing.
- If you have previously been diagnosed with a learning disability, but do not have
copies of your testing, it has been a long time since you were tested, or you suspect
you have a learning disability, but have never been tested, please contact us. While
ACTC does not have staff appropriately licensed to provide testing, we can make referrals.