DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for reasonable accommodations, students are required to self-identify and provide documentation of their disability to the Assistant Director of the Center for Academic Support.

Students who request academic, physical, and housing accommodations must provide documentation which meets the following guidelines (see requirements below).  The documentation will “identify how a student’s ability to function is limited as result of her or his disability.”  The documentation will help Ursinus College and the Assistant Director of the Center for Academic Support to identify appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) and 504 Plans may not contain the information below. The Assistant Director will review IEP and 504 plans but will most likely request additional information. 

For further information on accommodations and post-secondary education, please see the following website:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transitionguide.html   (The quote above is copied from this transition guide.)

Please provide documentation to:
ADA Administrator
Center for Academic Support<
Disability Services
academicsupport@ursinus.edu
484-762-4329
610-409-3731 (fax)

 

Documentation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)

Students who request academic accommodations must provide documentation which meets the following guidelines.  The documentation required below will “identify how a student’s ability to function is limited as result of her or his disability.”  The information provided will help Ursinus College and the Assistant Director of the Center for Academic Support to identify appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) and 504 Plans may not contain the information below. The Assistant Director will review IEP and 504 plans but will most likely request additional information. 

  • Evaluation done by a psychiatrist, licensed psychologist, or neurologist, experienced in the area of ADHD/ADD
    • The evaluation/report must include the credentials, contact information, and signature of the evaluator
  • Current report should be no more than three years old and include date of most recent testing
  • Description of symptoms that meet the DSM-IV criteria for ADHD/ADD
    • Include a clear statement of diagnosis and severity
  • Results of Cognitive and Academic Achievement assessments, based on current versions of assessments
    • Evaluation/report must include Cognitive and Academic Achievement Testing
    • Scaled scores and percentiles must be provided
    • Examples:  Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV), Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive and/or Achievement assessments (WJ-III), or Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale (SB5)
  • Assessment of attention and discrimination (subjective and/or objective assessments)
    • Examples: Connors 3, Barkley Adult ADHD Rating Scale –IV (BAARS-IV), Conner’s Continuous Performance Test II (CPT-II)
  • Explanation of how current symptoms cause functional impairments in a college environment
  • Rationale for academic accommodations based on the student’s functional impairment
    • Accommodations are not based on an individual’s diagnosis or prescription but rather the limitations to a student’s functioning in the educational environment

Documentation for Learning Disorders (LD) and Neurological Disorders

Students who request academic accommodations must provide documentation which meets the following guidelines.  The documentation required below will “identify how a student’s ability to function is limited as result of her or his disability.”  The information provided will help Ursinus College and the Assistant Director of the Center for Academic Support to identify appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

 Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) and 504 Plans may not contain the information below. The Assistant Director will review IEP and 504 plans but will most likely request additional information.

  • Psychoeducational or neuropsychological report
    • The evaluation/report must include the credentials, contact information, and signature of the evaluator
  • Current report should be no more than three years old and include date of most recent testing
  • Description of symptoms that meet the DSM-IV criteria for Learning Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Communication Disorders
    • Include a clear statement of diagnosis and severity
  • Results of Cognitive and Academic Achievement assessments, based on current versions of assessments
    • Evaluation/report must include Cognitive and Academic Achievement Testing
    • Scaled scores and percentiles must be provided
    • Examples:  Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV), Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive and/or Achievement assessments (WJ-III), or Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale (SB5)
  • Explanation of how current symptoms cause functional impairments in a college environment
  • Rationale for academic accommodations based on the student’s functional impairment
    • Accommodations are not based on an individual’s diagnosis but rather the limitations to a student’s functioning in the educational environment.

Documentation of a Medical Condition or Physical Disability

Students who request accommodations must provide documentation which meets the following guidelines.  The information required below will “identify how a student’s ability to function is limited as result of her or his disability.”  The information provided will help Ursinus College and the Assistant Director of the Center for Academic Support to identify appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) and 504 Plans may not contain the information below. The Assistant Director will review IEP and 504 plans but will most likely request additional information.

  • Report provided by appropriate professional, such as a medical doctor
  • Summary of diagnosis including symptoms
  • Duration or progression of disease that might affect accommodation needs
  • Explanation of how current symptoms cause functional impairments in a college environment
  • Rationale for accommodations based on the student’s functional impairment
    • Accommodations are not based on an individual’s diagnosis or prescription but rather the limitations to a student’s functioning in the educational environment

Documentation of a Psychological Disability or Mental Health Disorders

Students who request accommodations must provide documentation which meets the following guidelines.  The information required below will “identify how a student’s ability to function is limited as result of her or his disability.”  The information provided will help Ursinus College and the Assistant Director of the Center for Academic Support to identify appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) and 504 Plans may not contain the information below. The Assistant Director will review IEP and 504 plans but will most likely request additional information.

  • Comprehensive evaluation of a psychiatrist, licensed psychologist or clinical social worker
  • Clear statement of specific DSM-IV diagnosis and severity of condition
  • Description of method for evaluating diagnosis and treatment plan currently in use
  • Explanation of how current symptoms cause functional impairments in a college environment
  • Rationale for accommodations based on the student’s functional impairment
    • Accommodations are not based on an individual’s diagnosis or prescription but rather the limitations to a student’s functioning in the educational environment

Important note regarding counseling on campus:
While counseling is available at Ursinus’ Wellness Center, this service is designed to provide short-term, brief therapy to assist students in need. In an effort to be able to make services available to all UC students, the Wellness Center is not designed to provide long term mental health support.  Given this, it often makes sense for students with disabilities and/or long standing mental health concerns to meet with an off campus counselor and utilize the Wellness Center when needed. Please view the Wellness Center website for further information. Please view the Wellness Center website for further information. 

Testing and Assessment:

Students who do not currently have documentation of their disability can contact appropriate providers to obtain psychoeducational assessments and other appropriate testing.  The attached list contains possible providers.  (Please note that students chose the qualified professional that they feel most comfortable with and use of the providers on this list is not required.) Professional Testing (PDF)

 

Transitioning from High School to College

The Department of Education has created a transition guide for students with disabilities.  You can view the guide at the following website: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html  

 

College Readiness

The following assessment, created by Landmark College, can help students and their parents assess college readiness and discuss possible challenges that students might face.

http://www.landmark.edu/m/uploads/16721%20Guide%20to%20Readiness%20v5pgs%281%29.pdf  

Questions about documentation requested above can be directed to:
Assistant Director, Center for Academic Support
Disability Services
484-762-4329
610-409-3731 (fax)