Manager of Disability Services and At-Risk Programs
Specific Learning Disability
The following guidelines are provided in the interest of assuring that specific learning disabilities (SLD) documentation is appropriate to verify eligibility and to support requests for accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids. It is the student’s responsibility to secure documentation.
Professionals conducting assessment and rendering diagnoses of SLD must be qualified. A qualified professional will need to hold a degree in a field related to diagnosis of SLD and have at least one year of diagnostic experience with adults and late adolescents. Recommended practitioners may include: certified and/or licensed psychologists or psychiatrists, learning disabilities specialists, educational therapists, diagnosticians in public schools or colleges and rehabilitation services and private practitioners with the above characteristics. The diagnostician should be an impartial individual who is not a family member of the student.
Recommended documentation includes:
- Testing that is comprehensive, including a measure of both aptitude and achievement in the areas of reading, mathematics and written language. A list of commonly used tests is included.
- Current documentation is required, preferably within the last three years depending on the disabling condition and the current status of the student.
- A clear statement that a learning disability is present along with the *DSM-IV diagnosis and the rationale for this diagnosis.
- A narrative summary, with all scores, which supports the diagnosis. Evidence of substantial limitation to learning or other major life activity must be included.
- A statement of strengths and needs that will impact the student’s ability to meet the demands of the postsecondary environment.
- Suggestions of reasonable accommodations which might be appropriate at the postsecondary level are encouraged. These recommendations should be supported by the diagnosis.
Dr. Christopher Kaio, Director of Disability Services for UH Downtown, has granted the UHV Disability Services Office permission to use these documentation guidelines for students on the UHV Disability Services Website.
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