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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

It is your responsibility to obtain and supply the college with all necessary disability information. If needed, we can assist you in finding local providers or clinicians who can do psychoeducational testing. Clear, comprehensive and current documentation must be submitted with sufficient time for it to be reviewed and for any necessary accommodations to be arranged. Insufficient information that does not follow our guidelines may result in delays in receiving accommodations. If you have documentation already, please bring it with you to your first meeting with us or have it sent from your providers.


In order for information/documentation to be complete, each of the following items must be included in the documentation report:

  • Diagnosis and corresponding DSM-IV code with the date of the diagnosis.
  • Date and nature of the last contact with person.
  • Specific information regarding the instruments and assessment procedures used in the evaluation and results of the assessment.
  • A description of the current manifestations of symptoms that meet the criteria for diagnosis.
  • A statement of how the disability and/or related medication and treatments interfere with or limit any facet of major life activity including current employment or participation in courses, programs, services or other activities of the college.
  • Information regarding any current medication, including dosage and frequency.
  • The diagnostician's name, title, address, phone number and signature.

Documentation Standards

Documentation Must:

  • include diagnosis and course of treatment
  • describe the nature and severity of the student's functional limitations
  • state the duration for which the limitations are expected to continue
  • contain scores and identify tests administered as appropriate
  • substantiate the need for specific accommodations requested

If the clinician feels that the student's condition or learning difficulties are significant enough to constitute a disability, this should be explicitly stated.

We Do Not Accept

  • Brief note from a doctor that simply requests an accommodation; information or notes written on prescription pad; or a copy of aftercare instruction given to patients.
  • Documentation of a learning disability which is not comprehensive or which identifies learning "problems or challenges," but does not specifically diagnose a learning disability will need to be supplemented in most cases.
  • Medical documentation or testing for learning disabilities in grades K-12 under special education programs which meet the requirements of individual states may or may not be acceptable at the college level.
  • Disability information is not reviewed to assess the need for medical or clinical intervention or remedial educational services. Clinical consultation to correct or remediate specific learning or medical problems is not provided or paid for by the college.