Attention Deficit Disorders
Documenting Attention Deficit Disorders
We encourage students who think they may qualify for disability services to make an appointment with SAS by calling 802-656-7753 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . It is helpful if students send their documentation to SAS prior to their appointment.
An interview with an SAS staff member is an important part of the process for determining if a student has a disability and what accommodations are needed. SAS 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)
SAS makes the determination of reasonable and appropriate accommodations even though reports may include recommendations for accommodations.
SAS has created a form that may be helpful in providing the above information:
Attention Deficit Disorder Disability Verification Form (PDF, opens in new window)