Documenting Psychological Disabilities
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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:
Generally, staff will look for the following in documentation:
- Verification of the condition should be made by a qualified treating professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, MSW, etc.)
- We need your diagnosis and how it affects major life functions with or without treatment. We prefer information about the educational impact of your 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 include:
- 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:
Psychological Disabilities Verification Form (PDF, opens in new window)
Last modified February 19 2016 02:49 PM