University of Vermont

ACCESS (Disability Services)

Attention Deficit Disorders Document Guidelines for ACCESS

Attention Deficit Disorders

Documenting Attention Deficit Disorders

We encourage students who think they may qualify for disability services to make an appointment with ACCESS, the Office of Disability Services, by calling 802-656-7753 or by emailing access@uvm.edu . It is helpful if students send their documentation to ACCESS prior to their appointment.

An interview with an ACCESS staff member is an important part of the process for determining if a student has a disability and what accommodations are needed.  ACCESS staff members use both documentation and the student interview to make a final determination regarding your eligibility for accommodations.
Generally, staff will look for the following in documentation:

  • Verification of the disabling condition by a qualified treating professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, MSW, etc.)
  • Diagnosis and how the condition affects major life functions with or without treatment. We prefer information about the educational impact of the impairment and academic accommodation recommendations.
  • DSM-IV Diagnosis (date of diagnosis and most recent contacts), including the results of assessments used to make the diagnosis
  • Recommendations for academic accommodations (special testing, note takers, adapted texts, etc.)

Other information that can be helpful includes:

  • A letter from a qualified professional providing information of a prior diagnosis, accommodation, or classification, such as eligibility for a special education program
  • The most recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • A Summary of Performance (SOP)
  • Section 504 Accommodation Plan (504)

ACCESS makes the determination of reasonable and appropriate accommodations even though reports may include recommendations for accommodations.

ACCESS has created a form that may be helpful in providing the above information:
Attention Deficit Disorder Disability Verification Form (PDF, opens in new window)

Last modified February 19 2016 02:40 PM