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:
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.