Documenting Learning 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 reasonable and appropriate. ACCESS staff members use both documentation and the student interview to make a final determination regarding eligibility for accommodations. Generally, staff will look for the following:
- Tests should be administered by certified/licensed professionals e.g., psychologists, neuropsychologists, educational diagnosticians, etc.
- The report should address aptitude, academic achievement, and information processing as well as include names, titles, signatures of evaluators, and dates of assessment.
Other information that can be helpful includes:
ACCESS makes the determination of reasonable and appropriate accommodations even though reports may include recommendations for accommodations.
- 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)