Documentation Guidelines

Psychiatric/Psychological Disabilities

Psychiatric and psychological disorders include, but are not limited to: depressive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, bipolar disorders, and dissociative disorders.

A diagnosis by a licensed mental health professional is required and must include the license number. Recommended professionals may include licensed clinical social workers (LCSW), licensed professional counselors (LPC), psychologists, psychiatrists, and neurologists. 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 disability, including the DSM-IV TR diagnosis and a summary of present symptoms. In clear, direct language, the report must identify the substantial limitation of a major life activity presented by the disability;
  2. A summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis and a summary of evaluation results, including standardized or percentile scores if appropriate;
  3. Medical information related to the student's needs to include the impact of medication on the student's ability to meet the demands of the postsecondary environment;
  4. 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 diagnostic assessment.

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 Affirmative Action Officer of Adams State University.