Documentation must identify a specific disability and indicate how the disability will affect the student’s performance. It must specify recommendations for accommodations and include a rationale for these recommendations. Finally, documentation must be typed, signed by an appropriate professional, and printed on letterhead.
Documentation must be current. Guidelines:
- Learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD: within 3 years
- Psychiatric: within 1 year
- Sensory/Physical (Permanent): not specified
- Sensory/Physical (Temporary): situational
The IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) and 504 Plan are not adequate, supporting documentation. Both represent one institution’s response to the presence of a disability. Another institution might respond differently.
Documentation for learning disabilities must include score results from IQ and achievements tests and all other instruments used to assess the student’s ability and performance. Further, such documentation should include text which examines the student’s family, psychological, and educational background to rule in and rule out complicating factors. The evaluation must have been conducted by a qualified professional in the appropriate field.
Documentation should be sent to:
Dean Jilliane Bolt-Michewicz
700 College Place
Campus Box 167
Williamsport, PA 17701
If documentation provided by the student does not support a specific accommodation, the College can require additional testing at the student’s expense. If documentation supports a specific accommodation but the College wants a second opinion, the College can require one at its own expense from its own expert.
If you think you have an undiagnosed disability and wish to find out, we recommend working through your local vocational rehabilitation agency or a private psychologist of your choosing. The Office of Disability Support Services does not provide testing to screen for disabilities. For more guidance on the adult learning disability assessment process, click here.