Head Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury

Head injury and traumatic brain injury are considered medical or clinical diagnoses. Individuals qualified to render a diagnosis for these disorders are practitioners who have been trained in the assessment of head injury or traumatic brain injury. Recommended practitioners may include: physicians; neurologists; licensed clinical, rehabilitation, and school psychologists; neuropsychologists; and psychiatrists. The diagnostician should be an impartial individual who is not a family member of the student.

Documentation serves as the foundation that legitimizes a student's request for appropriate accommodations. Documentation for eligibility should be current (the age of acceptable documentation is dependent upon the disabling condition, the current status of the student, and the student's request for accommodations). The following guidelines are provided to assist the service provider in collaborating with each student to determine appropriate accommodations.

Recommended documentation includes:

  1. A clear statement of the head injury or traumatic brain injury. In clear, direct language, the report must identify the substantial limitation of a major life activity presented by the injury;
  2. A summary of cognitive and achievement measures used and evaluation results, including all scores, used to make the diagnosis;
  3. A summary of present residual symptoms which meet the criteria for diagnosis;
  4. Medical information relating to the student's needs to include the impact of medication on the student's ability to meet the demands of the postsecondary environment;
  5. Suggestions of reasonable accommodations that might be appropriate at the postsecondary level. These recommendations should be based on significant functional limitations and should be supported by the diagnosis.

Further assessment by an appropriate professional may be required if coexisting learning disabilities or other disabling conditions are indicated. Appropriate accommodations are collaboratively determined by the student and the Office of Accessibility Services of Adams State University.