Since accommodations are based on the current impact of the learning disability to the student, documentation must be no more than 3 years old.
Professionals diagnosing LD must have comprehensive training in differential diagnosis & direct experience with adolescents and adults with LD. The following professionals are considered qualified: certified/licensed psychologists, neuropsychologists, LD specialists, and educational therapists. Diagnostic reports should include the names, titles, professional credentials, addresses, and phone numbers of the evaluators as well as the date(s) of testing.
Testing must include at least one assessment from each of the following areas:
Achievement: Written Language
Note: The above list is not intended to be exhaustive or to limit assessment in other areas that may be pertinent to the individual’s needs.
The report must include a clear statement of the learning disability and the reasoning for this particular diagnosis as supported by the current diagnostic battery. A student’s individual "learning style," "learning deficit," "learning differences," and "learning disorders" do not, in and of themselves, constitute a disability.
A summary of the diagnostic interview must be included. Relevant information regarding the student's academic history and learning processes in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education should be addressed. The summary should also include developmental, medical, psychosocial, and family history as it relates to the student's current level of functioning.
All test scores must be included in the report, especially the standard scores and percentiles. This data should represent a substantial limitation to learning.
The report should indicate:
Report must indicate recommended accommodations that are appropriate at the postsecondary level. Specific test results must support these recommendations.
*These guidelines for documentation of a learning disability were based upon the guidelines set forth by the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). For more detailed information on these guidelines, please visit AHEAD's web site at http://www.ahead.org.