Services for Students with Disabilities

Criteria

While it is recognized that Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a stable, chronic
condition, the assignment of reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations is based on the
assessment of whether the current condition causes impairment that substantially limits a major life
activity.

Students without a current clinical diagnosis of ADHD, but who suspect that they are experiencing
symptoms of ADHD should schedule to meet with a professional provider for a formal screening before
scheduling a comprehensive evaluation, and/or contact the SSD office regarding how to proceed.

However, at the discretion of the SSD office, an assessment not including standardized aptitude and
achievement measures will be considered sufficient documentation if the evaluation includes:

  1.  Multiple standardized self-report questionnaires (e.g., Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale;Conner’s Rating Scales; Brown Attention-Deficit Disorder Symptom Assessment Scale);
  2. A review of current symptoms that satisfy the American Psychiatric AssociationsDiagnostic and Statistical Manual-5 (DSM-5) ADHD diagnostic criteria;
  3. Documents functional impairment across multiple settings;
  4. Documents a past history of impairment using corroborative informationfrom medical recorders, family members, teachers, and co-workers.

The evaluation must be current as defined by administration within the past five years of adult-normed
psychological measures if the student is now 18 years of age or older.

Students with noncurrent based (i.e. 5+ years), incomplete evaluations, or evaluations based on
child-normed measures should submit their documentation to the SSD office for review and specific
feedback regarding how to proceed with obtaining acceptable documentation, and whether
provisional accommodations can be provided in the interim.

If psychoeducational and/or neuropsychological testing was administered, the results should be based
on the administration of the most recent addition or each instrument. A separate appendix listing all
scaled and percentile scores generated by the evaluation should be included, even if these scores were
included within the report narratives. The evaluation must include a clinical summary and
comprehensive history of the presenting problems, which should clearly demonstrate that ADHD
currently and substantially limits major life activities and causes academic impairment.

Documentation

Form F - ADHD must be completed by a qualified evaluator which includes certified social worker, licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, or neurologist. It is highly recommended that an ADHD assessment utilize a comprehensive battery of psychoeducational and/or neuropsychological tests and resources.

Please note that University Policy is two weeks’ prior notice for any academic accommodation.