All DeSales University students must provide appropriate documentation for the diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder prior to receiving accommodations based on that disability. Accommodations will be determined on an individual basis.
It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with the Academic Resource Center and to provide appropriate documentation of the disability and related functional limitations for which they are requesting accommodations. This process follows the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973*, and current case law and is designed to ensure that reasonable, appropriate accommodations are provided to all qualified students in a timely manner. A diagnosis of a disorder/condition/syndrome in and of itself does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations.
All diagnostic evaluation reports submitted as documentation of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder must meet the following requirements:
1. Be on official letterhead, signed and dated by a qualified professional, such as a psychiatrist or licensed psychologist trained in the differential diagnosis of psychological / psychiatric disorders. Professionals considered qualified to evaluate and diagnose ADD/ADHD include clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists; psychiatrists; and other qualified medical doctors such as neurologists.
2. Include test scores that verify a significant impairment** in cognitive functioning as it relates to the diagnosed condition.
3. Address both the current level of functioning and present need for accommodations. If documentation is more than six (6) months old, the treating professional must provide a letter updating all pertinent information.
4. Include a clear statement of the DSM-IV-TR or ICD-10 diagnosis. Not all conditions listed in the DSM-IV-TR or ICD-10 are disabilities or impairments for the purposes of ADA.
5. Include a summary of assessment procedures used to make the diagnosis.
6. Describe present symptoms and fluctuation conditions/symptoms in relation to the diagnosis.
7. Describe current medications, including side effects.
8. Describe functional limitations supported by the diagnosis and diagnostic test
scores. If accommodations are requested based upon multiple diagnoses, documentation of all disabilities for which accommodations are being requested must meet documentation criteria for each disorder.
*In order to meet the adult criteria of "disability" under these federal laws a person must provide documentation of how their significant impairment "substantially limits" their cognitive/academic functioning.
**A significant impairment means below-average functioning as measured by an objective psycho-educational / neuro-psychological / psychological evaluation. An IEP or 504 Plan from the public school system is not sufficient documentation of a disability for accommodations at the college level.
Contact the Coordinator of Learning and Disability Services for further information at 610.282.1100, ext. 1453.
Documentation should be sent to the Coordinator of Learning and Disability Services
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034
Telephone: 610.282.1100, ext. 1453