Documenting a Disability - Attention Deficit Disorder
Support services and accommodations for students with ADHD/ADD
are provided through the Office of Disability Services for those
students who meet eligibility requirements under section 504 of
the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Documentation is required to
determine eligibility. Bethel University do not provide
diagnostic services. The following guidelines are provided to
ensure that diagnostic criteria are complete and adequate for
establishing and providing appropriate support services and/or
accommodations related to a disability.
Diagnostic Report Guidelines
The written diagnostic evaluation report ordinarily will be
completed within the last three years, although less recent
documentation may be accepted for students over the age of 25.
The reports should include the following information:
- Medical or Clinical Diagnosis.
A clear statement of a medical or clinical diagnosis of
attention deficit must be included in the report. The
diagnostic evaluation must be conducted by a qualified
professional (licensed clinical psychologist, psychiatrist,
and/or other physician.)
- Evaluation Instruments.
Names of the
assessment instruments used in making the diagnosis and any
resulting scores from the assessment should be included in the
- Descriptive Written Report.
description and interpretation of the diagnostic assessment
which identifies how the attention deficit impacts academic
performance should be included. Both quantitative and
qualitative information useful in program planning should be
should include specific suggestions for reasonable
academic-related support services and/or accommodations
appropriate to the post-secondary level. These recommendations
should be based on the diagnostic evaluation results and should
be supported by the diagnosis.
- Prescriptive Treatments and/or Medications.
Suggested treatments plans, including prescribed
medications, should be included in the report. As necessary
please include responses to the medication, such as
effectiveness and adverse side effects.
- Evaluator/Diagnostician Identifying
Diagnostic reports should include
the name, title, address and phone number of the evaluator and
the date of testing.
If the diagnostician finds
special facts or circumstances apply to an individual student
that make traditional testing or evaluation standards
inapplicable, they are encouraged to provide a complete narrative
summary or report.
Policy Accepted 12/95